Aside from Cam Newton, who seemingly came out of nowhere to become the most scrutinized QB in the draft, Jake Locker is perhaps the most enigmatic prospect.
For Newton, who stepped into the national spotlight out of junior college, to even be in consideration for the first overall pick is almost as shocking as Jake Locker's quick drop.
After all, this is the same Locker who many draft experts tabbed as a top-five 2011 draft pick. In April of 2010, draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. went so far as to say the following:
"If you had to ask me right now who is going to be the No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft, I would say it's etched in stone it's going to be Jake Locker," Kiper said. "You can mark that down. Jake Locker, if he's not the No. 1 pick, it's an upset." (Mel Kiper Jr. as quoted in the Seattle Times).
What a difference a year makes. So who is Locker? Is he a Donovan McNabb clone? A bigger Eric Crouch? Will he redefine the position? Or will he be an athletic backup a la Drew Stanton? Is it possible that he will just be another intriguing Pac-10 prospect who will flame out, a la Joey Harrington and Matt Leinart?
Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian does not believe so and even went so far as to say that Locker is better than all the quarterbacks he coached at USC, including Heisman Trophy winners Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart.
Despite these past high praises, it's quite certain that many scouts and teams still don't know what to make of Locker, and what's worse is that they aren't investing a lot of effort in finding out more about him.
In fact, only one NFL head coach managed to take the time to attend Locker's pro day, and that was Pete Carroll, who may have taken the wrong exit on his way to work and ended up there by accident. Whatever the case may be, here are 10 teams that could draft the former Huskies star, ranked in order of least likely to most likely.