Senior Bowl 2011: Jake Locker Struggles, Leonard Hankerson Shines
Senior Bowl 2011 took place yesterday afternoon, and the high profile showcase game for departing seniors to make positive impressions on NFL scouts was won by a South squad led by Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder. The final score was 24-10 in favor of the South, with Ponder leading the way by throwing two touchdown passes.
But the player with possibly the most on the line was North quarterback Jake Locker, who has seen his draft stock suffer through a tumultuous year during the regular season, as well as mixed reviews now during offseason workouts.
Locker was one player flagged as having convincing left to do during the week of practices leading up to the Senior Bowl and the game itself, but his struggles with inaccuracy and inconsistency continued during yesterday's game.
The Washington quarterback is considered a first round talent, but after a down year on campus plus a less than inspiring week of practice, teams should be re-thinking their evaluations on Locker. His game seems to have changed since his stellar 2009 season, and it hasn't changed for the best.
With NFL teams relying more and more on their passing games for yardage and success, it's extremely risky to invest so heavily in a quarterback who may or may not develop into a consistent, accurate passer.
One player who, according to evaluators, greatly helped his draft stock is Miami (FL) wide receiver Leonard Hankerson. Hankerson was responsible for the Senior Bowl's biggest play, a 48 yard reception on a Ponder pass, and was consistently getting open down the field.
Hankerson is considered a second round pick at this point, but with a lack of great depth in the wide receiver draft depth charts he could have worked his way up in the pecking order somewhat. His strengths are considered to be his ability to run routes and fight through tight coverage, skills that are becoming more and more relevant in the NFL.
Want to see who else boosted their draft stock in the Senior Bowl? Check out this piece Senior Bowl 2011: Von Miller and 10 Players Who Helped Their NFL Draft Stock.
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