Doing the morning ritual and checking SI.com and this site for T&R, I noticed a little blurb out of the Seattle Times about Jake Locker and how he is looking good on the field:
"To many, passing the eye test is as important for Jake Locker as the accuracy test. He passed very well. Thirty-eight of the 40 passes he threw were caught by his receivers, who were DeAndre Goodwin, Dorson Boyce and Austin Sylvester. But counting completions isn't nearly as important as how he threw the ball, and NFL talent evaluators on-hand used the term "fluid" to describe his footwork and throwing motion. Locker's passing from the pocket has been one of the biggest questions in evaluating Locker's NFL prospects, and while one workout without any defense isn't going to cause anyone to rewrite their scouting report, the most important thing is the progress Locker has showed over this postseason, pre-draft analysis. He has showed steady improvement, first from the Senior Bowl to the NFL scouting combine in late February and now here at the end of March."
I immediately began to wonder about Locker and the source of the column (Seattle). Is Seattle interested in Locker and just where will he go in the draft? Cam Newton has been getting most of the hype when it comes to QB's in the draft.
Locker has improved steadily from 2007 when he threw for 14 Tds and 15 picks. He still managed a 105 passer rating and threw for over 2000 yards. You have to take the numbres with a grain of salt, because when a guy throws more picks and TDs and still has a good rating (over 100), it will make you look closer at the other numbers.
Locker has thrown an average of 2500 yards and a passer rating of 127 over the past 2 years. Very impressive indeed. He's thrown 30 TDs and 20 INTs.
A poll on the Seahawks' webpage asks what position they should draft with their first overall pick. 36% of the fans said QB. Could Locker be that QB? In my opinion, the Seahawks definitely need a QB for the future, but they also need help in pretty much every other area as well.
The biggest problem (naturally) in their way is the lockout situation. If they play next year, they can probably survive another season with Hasseldinosaur and Whitehurst. They won't need to draft a QB right now. Of course, if they don't play... they will need to get a QB from somewhere. I wouldn't want to wait a year for everyone age and rust. They will have to look at free agents or trade options when play resumes, because of a lockout.
Because of the labor situation, I'm not at all interested in the draft or Jake Locker.
I'm also calling it here first:
If and When he makes a team in the NFL, Jake Locker will eventually garner this headline online or in the paper: "The Hurt Locker."
Yes, when he suffers his first injury, someone is going to use that movie for a catchy injury headline.