Jake Locker Scouting Report

Posted: January 10, 2011 by Jurdon Golden in Prospects 11-20, Quarterbacks
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#19 QB, Jake Locker (6’3 229 lbs.) – Washington Huskies

Toughness/Leadership: Locker displayed true leadership and extreme toughness throughout his years at Washington. Played in a run heavy offense with minimal weapons at the skill position. The best plays usually came when Locker carried the ball. Had a thumb injury that ended his 2008 season. Played all four years, showing his commitment to the university, even after being drafted twice to the MLB’s, and was said to be the number one prospect in the 2010 draft. Locker has a fire to him and is a fierce competitor. He rallies guys and gets them pumped up. Teammates and coaches truly respect him. Shows no quarries about staying in the pocket, even when faced with heavy pressure. Can take a hit, as well as deliver one.

Intelligence/Decision Making: Decision-making can be questionable at times, especially when looking to throw the ball deep down the field. Did make a lot of progress in his junior and senior year with checking the ball down or running with it. He will force the occasional throw, but again that has improved over the years.

Accuracy: Excels in short to medium routes. Has good touch and timing on comebacks, curls, checks down, and screens. Needs to improve accuracy and touch on his deep ball. This will most certainly improve with better talent around him.

Release/Arm Strength: This category is where locker receives excellent marks. He has a quick release and plenty of arm strength to make all the necessary throws at the next level. Carries the ball high and does not expose it to outside rushers.

Pocket Mobility: Being a top tier athlete in both baseball and football, Locker has great athleticism in and out of the pocket. Will be able to sidestep defenders, break tackles, and extend plays with his legs.

Intangibles: Drafted into the MLB’s twice. Scored a 22 on a preseason wonderlic test. No off the field issues. Well liked and respected by the community, teammates and coaches.

Overall Stock: Locker suffered through a painful 2010 season at Washington. With a lack of talent, both at receiver and offensive line, he found himself either being the lone playmaker, or running for his life. There were many games where Washington’s offensive line consistently crumbled after the snap, not giving Locker enough time to go through progressions and get the ball out. Scouts will look at Locker’s 08’ and 09’ tape to get a true understanding of his skills. During Locker’s bowl game, a lack of playmakers and poor offensive line play reared its ugly head. Locker remained poised, and led the Huskies to a victory, with his legs. It was a great representation of Locker’s leadership and competitiveness. With the news of Stanford quarterback, Andrew Luck staying in school, Locker now becomes a top commodity in the draft. I full expect him to come off the board within the first 15 picks. With a solid combine and pro day, Locker could easily move into the top 7-10 picks. Keep an eye on the San Francisco 49ers. They just signed Harbaugh. Harbaugh knows Locker, and likes his quarterbacks mobile. 

NFL comparisons: John Elway, Ben Rothlesberger, and Jay Cutler


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