Mel Kiper 2011 NFL Mock Draft: Is Jake Locker the Right Guy for the Seahawks?
Mel Kiper 2011 NFL Mock Draft Has Seahawks Taking a Chance on Locker
The Jake Locker story is a good one. I'm not so sure if it's book-worthy, mind you, but it might be comic book-worthy.
Either way, we all know the story. The now-former Washington QB was billed as a potential No. 1 overall draft pick before the 2010 college football season kicked off, and his stock was subsequently crippled by a season riddled by injuries and ineffectiveness.
Yet here we are less than two weeks from Draft Day, and Locker is still projected to go in the first round. That's a pretty good testament to his potential.
Mel Kiper has Locker going 25th overall to the Seattle Seahawks in his latest 2011 NFL Mock Draft (must have ESPN Insider), which is a pretty typical landing spot for Locker. The Seahawks need a quarterback, and they have the time and means to develop Locker, a Washington native.
Kiper chooses to look past the one negatives in Locker's game in his evaluation:
Locker has a big-time arm, a great attitude, elite athleticism for the position, but has unfortunately lacked accuracy, the one trait most of us believe is the most innate. But I wouldn't put it past him to improve that, given the kind of kid he is, and his range of talent.
Whether or not accuracy is innate probably depends on who's telling the story. I've never actually played football, but something tells me accuracy is not something one is born with. It's probably a mechanical thing, but a good pass is just as much the result of a good decision as anything else.
That's exactly what worries me about Locker. The arm and everything else are there, but you wonder about whether or not the head on his shoulders can handle the speed and complexity of the NFL.
All this being said, I'm willing to give Locker the benefit of the doubt, and it's always been my opinion that he would respond to a coach like Pete Carroll. If he can get a bunch of bums to win the division, then he can get something out of Locker.
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