Jake Locker eschewed entering the NFL draft in 2009 when all indications said the top pick overall awaited him, and senior year shortfalls plummeted his stock to pick X — to the Tennessee Titans' delight. Locker was selected as a Davey O’Brien Quarterback Award semifinalist in 2009, but not in 2010 after dropping from 21 touchdown passes and 2,800 yards to 17 and 2,265.
After Locker’s junior season, Pro Football Weekly’s Nolan Nawrocki said the 6-2, 231 lb. Husky possessed more raw talent than Sam Bradford. ESPN’s Mel Kiper considered it an upset if any team passed on Locker at No. 1 in 2011, but like everyone, altered his opinion over the past seven months.
Locker’s ability to throw on the run remains unmatched in this draft, as displayed in his 5-touchdown performance against No. 24 Oregon State last fall. His speed and arm strength rate among the best in the draft.
Kiper loves Locker's ability to make NFL-caliber throws but worries about consistency.
"As we've said before, 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."
Locker spent his senior year behind the worst offensive line of his fellow early round quarterback prospects. The biggest critique is his lack of comfort in the pocket, but the Huskies line — and nagging injuries — gave him little reason to be comfortable. Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak will need to help him stay in the pocket more often than in college, which should improve his accuracy. He provides an answer at quarterback after Vince Young's fall from the starting role.