Seattle Seahawks 2011 Draft: Jake Locker Equals Talent Divided By Bust

Bubba GillContributor INovember 20, 2010

TUCSON, AZ - OCTOBER 23:  Quarterback Jake Locker #10 of the Washington Huskies during the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Huskies 44-14.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Christian Petersen/Getty Images

So many of the Seattle Seahawks faithful believe that local University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker is the answer and future of this great organization.

Locker has even been toted by Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, "I think this guy is the best quarterback we've played against."

Carroll has been an amazing coach, transforming this once lost organization back into contention.

The newly reformed Seattle Seahawks have the most NFL roster moves this season including: WR Mike Williams, S Earl Thomas, LT Russell Okung, LG Chester Pitts, DE Chris Clemons, QB Charlie Whitehurst, DT Raheem Brock, DT Kentwan Balmer and RB Marshawn Lynch, just to name a few.

Locker has been handed the Seattle starting QB spot almost by default. The fans love him, he played his college ball in Seattle and Carroll is in love with him.

But is Locker going to be an NFL juggernaut or just another first round bust?

I say bust.

Locker hasn't shown the poise in the pocket you would want from an NFL-caliber starting quarterback. He is non-prolific in the pocket, making most of his throws on the run and even then being inefficient.

When under pressure he makes horrible decisions and often throws to his hot route making nothing happen in terms of "moving the chains."

I have always believed that in high school football coaching wins. In the NFL coaching and talent wins, and in college talent wins 90 percent of the games.

Locker may not have the talent around him per-say, but playing the most important position on the field and being hailed as the future of the Seattle Seahawks is a ridiculous assumption.

Let's truly hope that Seattle drafts for the best available talent rather then the most needed, the quarterback position.

There are many talented players in this year's draft class that Seattle could reap rewards from. But pertaining to the quarterback, there is only going to be one talent worth trading up for in April of 2011 and that is Arkansas QB Ryan Mallet.

At 6'7" and 240 pounds, Mallet has the NFL size, arm and decision-making that will truly win games. His footwork, high overhead throws and beautiful accuracy make a perfect fit in Seattle. 

Some say Mallet has character issues, but who wouldn't, being the next best thing since Philip Rivers.

Seattle needs a quarterback with fire, someone who will be the first to admit it was his fault for the loss.

Matt Hasselbeck is the closest thing Seattle has had to a truly amazing quarterback, and he has been that. 

For someone to replace Hasselbeck, they must be the next Tom Brady, Rivers, or Peyton Manning. The fans of the Seattle deserve nothing less.

If Seattle drafts for best available this April, then look for Pete's golden boy Matt Barkley in the 2012 NFL draft. A superior choice out of all of the "future choices" Seattle has available.

Remember Barkley was hand-picked by Carroll and the first non-redshirt freshman to start for USC.

That says a lot about that young man.