Kentucky senior running back Derrick Locke's strong showing at the Senior Bowl could help him in the 2011 NFL Draft, but his lengthy injury history could offset any ground gained.
In 2010, despite missing four contests, Locke rushed for 10 touchdowns and posted 100-yard outings in 50 percent of his games played. He caught 34 passes last year and 31 in '09.
- Speed (official 4.37-second 40-yard dash)
- Very good hands
- Skilled route runner
Runs harder than his size suggests
- Kickoff return experience (two career touchdowns)
- Agile with quick feet - can cut and go with the best of them
- Stood out at the Senior Bowl
- Willing blocker
- Size (5-foot-8 1/4, 188 pounds)
- Major injury concerns - tore his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in 2008; has missed time three years running
- Doesn't hold up well as a blocker against larger defenders
- Struggles to gain yardage after initial contact
Expected draft placement
Locke should be drafted no earlier than the late fourth round and shouldn't fall out of the sixth.
The Cincinnati Bengals, Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets have shown interest in Locke.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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