Somehow, the appearance of quarterback Jake Locker at Jon Gruden's QB camp slipped through the cracks here at NFC North blog headquarters. What stood out to me most from the video clip below is how Locker confidently teased Gruden on a number of occasions, including a moment when Gruden was slow to get in position for some on-field work.
"Come on, Coach, we're trying to get some work in here," Locker said.
Some of the discussion centered on a video clip of Locker lowering his right shoulder and running over a safety. Locker weighs 231 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds, but Gruden cautioned him from continuing to run with the aggression that he did in college.
The camera panned to Locker, who was busily taking notes.
"We throw with that shoulder," Gruden said. "Are we are of that? Do you think maybe we could use a little better, I don't know, get out of bounds, take-care-of-your-body mentality?"
Unless they decide to trade up to select Auburn quarterback Cam Newton or Missouri's Blaine Gabbert, the Minnesota Vikings' first real decision in the draft will be whether to take Locker at No. 12 overall.