Jake LockerHt/Wt: 6-3/230 lbs
Jake Locker's Player ProfileHighly debated prospect due to his great talent and upside, to go with limited success at the college level and lack of polish passing within the pocket. Locker has the size/speed ratio to play a number of positions in the NFL which is very unique. He can also make all the throws despite not having the stats that other qb prospects have. His first 2 years his biggest asset was his legs, he was one of the best runners in the pac 10 but took a lot of punishment and was forced out of action because of injury. His last 2 years under Sarkisian he showed arm strength and accuracy within the pocket, he piqued by the end of his jr yr with impressive comeback performances against USC and Cal. Unfortunately, his Sr. season he was not able to build on that success. Many scouts will look at him playing behind a poor offensive line without many weapons, but it is the same O-line that Chris Polk has ran for back to back 1,000 yard seasons behind. You can certainly find enough tape that shows Locker making all the throws a NFL QB needs to make, but you can also find plenty of tape of him sailing throws over his wr, locking in on a wr too long, or simply having a mental breakdown and throwing it right to the other team.
Lockerís greatest strength is creating when plays break down, he can pick up yards with his legs, or set an hit an open wr on the move. This skill is highly valued right now with the success of Aaron Rogers, Ben Roethlisberger and Michael Vick leading their teams with this similar ability. The question needed to be asked regarding Lockerís lack of statistical and team success is; was it a byproduct of lack of surrounding talent, or does it prove he is still a project at QB? Probably a bit of both. He is best suited in an offense that has an accomplished run game which will bring in safeties and open up passing lanes and allow him to play action bootleg and do what he does best.
Profile submitted by: Tom Patterson
Locker was a redshirted freshman in 2007, tossing over 2,000 on 155 for 328 passing. In 2008 he broke his thumb and only got into 4 games, completing only 50 passes for 515 yards. In 2009 he started 12 games, going 230 for 394, 2,800 passing yards with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Heís also run for over 1,500 yards during his college career.
Locker has good size at 6í3Ē and 230 pounds. He has excellent speed and athletic ability. He has good footwork and is able to elude pass rushers. Will also hang in there and take a hit. Has good instincts in the pocket, a quick delivery and good arm strength. Can throw the deep ball with good accuracy. Would have been a 1st round pick last year, possibly top 10. It is possible that Locker could be a top 5 pick this year, but itís also possible that the drops to the high teens.
Has a tendency to force throws sometimes, missing open receivers. Decision making is improving, but still needs to get better to succeed in the quicker NFL.
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Notre Dame vs Washington highlights ('09) - Clausen vs Locker
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2007 Jake Locker Highlights
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