Jake Locker, Quarterback, Washington
"Locker heads to south beach as the Dolphins look to hand their future to the promising, but risky rookie after numerous failures at quarterback."
Chad Henne is not the answer. Daunte Culpepper failed miserably. Chad Pennington is not capable of staying healthy. Tyler Thigpen is nothing more than a fill in. See where I’m going? The point is that the Dolphins have not had a successful quarterback since Dan Marino. They have some flashes of capable quarterback play, but no consistency.
Jeff Ireland likes to make splashes and take the big name, big attitude players. This pick could easily be Mark Ingram, but without the franchise QB, the dolphins will continue to be mediocre.
Locker is a household name with a lot to offer. If he had come out last season, he would have gone in the top 5. After a below average senior season, Locker finds his status uncertain of even being selected in the first round. Locker did not lose any skills this year, he was always inaccurate and unable to move in the pocket, but he had on field success, which trumps any other deficiency.
Locker can still flat out play and has all the intangibles that you want in a franchise quarterback. He will need to sit and learn the system and be coached up, but my guess is that come week 10-12 he gets his chance and plays well enough to earn the starting gig for some time.