One of the biggest uncertainties of this week's NFL draft is where former Washington quarterback Jake Locker will be picked. Some still project him as a first-round pick, while other see him going in the second round. ESPN's Scouts Inc. rates him 26th overall, while draft guru Todd McShay doesn't include him in his latest mock draft.
The general feeling is Locker's status among scouts has steadily improved since a mostly disappointing 2010 season. The ultimate judgment will be if he's off the board by the end of action Thursday.
Still, Locker was once projected as potentially the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft. Whether he would have maintained that elite status during the NFL combine and individual workouts is difficult to say, but most can agree that his stock has fallen steeply.
But bracket off these evaluations for a moment. This story from ESPN's E:60 is worth a look because it gives you an idea of who Locker is, where he comes from (Ferndale, Wash!) and why he's wired like he is. Suffice it to say, whoever ends up drafting Locker won't fret character issues.