NFL Draft 2011: Jake Locker Would Work for Washington Redskins, Right?
Washington a perfect fit, says Lombardi
Mike Lombardi knows a thing or two when it comes to the draft, and evaluating players.
The former Raiders executive, now an analyst with the NFL Network, recently discussed Washington quarterback Jake Locker and told Rich Campbell of the Fredericksburg Free Lance Star that he would be a great fit for the Redskins.
"He’s not an accurate quarterback and he’s not a dropback passer," Lombardi said on a conference call.
"Mike (Shanahan)’s passing game is about being on the edges and challenging, whether it’s bootlegs, nakeds and things like that. He’s looking for athleticism at quarterback. So when I look at Locker, I see a guy who would fit what Mike does."
In the article, Shanahan's even quoted talking about Locker and said there are similarities between him and former Denver quarterback Jake Plummer.
Pause for just a second. I know the Snake was great coming out of Arizona State, but he also won just one playoff game in four appearances for Denver.
I'm a fan of mobile quarterbacks just like anyone else, but I'd prefer to have someone like Aaron Rodgers or Matt Ryan who's smart, intelligent and can be a maestro in the pocket and just pick defenses apart.
Keep in mind that whether it's Locker, or Missouri's Blaine Gabbert, both have some flaws in their game that will raise questions. We're not talking about someone of Andrew Luck's caliber.
I said before and I'll say it again: I'd love to hear more about Shanahan's evaluation process of the two and the differences he saw in Locker and Gabbert. I also know that you've got to be wise in making this selection, cause you don't want to draft someone, throw them out there ahead of schedule and then have their confidence get shattered.
At the same time, there's something about a rookie who can handle the pressure, take the pounding, make plays and learn as he goes. Anyone's got to respect that.
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