University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker would have likely been a top-10 pick in the NFL draft had he left school following his '09 season. It was a costly decision from a financial standpoint because he appeared to regress this past season. But Locker insists that he doesn't have any regrets.
"Oh, I had guys who've been life-long friends of mine tell me, how could I ever. . . advise him to make a terrible decision like that?" said Locker's father, Scott Locker to the Washington Post. "People just have their own opinions about what's important in life."
By all accounts, Locker has been pretty inconsistent this week during Senior Bowl practices in Mobile, Ala. I've read quite a few reports, but the harshest came from former Cleveland Browns college scout Russ Lande, who now writes for Sporting News.
"I think Jake Locker hurt himself, I really do," writes Lande. "There’s no question physically that he’s got all the tools. He’s got good mechanics, but his accuracy is terrible. I know I spoke to a coach today to get his opinion and he said if a guy’s mechanics are good and he’s smart enough, but his accuracy stinks then there’s not a lot you can do. You’re pretty much saying that you’re always going to have an inaccurate thrower. And if you can’t be accurate, you cannot be a quarterback in the N.F.L. I think Locker hurt himself a lot this week."
Good talk, Russ.
I think Locker still has time to turn this thing around, but he certainly needs to have a better showing at the combine. It's never good when scouts are saying your mechanics are fine, but you're not hitting moving targets. I'm pretty sure Mike Shanahan was a Locker fan at this time last year, but that may have changed.
Cam Newton's still more of a project than Locker, but he does seem to have a much higher ceiling.