Tennessee Titans Preview: What to Expect from Rookie QB Jake Locker

Zack Vance@@crookskirbContributor IIJuly 22, 2011

TUCSON, AZ - OCTOBER 23:  Quarterback Jake Locker #10 of the Washington Huskies scrambles with the football during the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Tennessee Titans drafted quarterback Jake Locker with the eighth overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft with high hopes that he will soon develop into a reliable leader for the new face of the Titans organization.

With the lockout disrupting the team from even having contact with Locker, his rookie season will be one of learning and getting some hands-on experience. Tennessee is still looking for a veteran QB after the lockout ends, with many experts eyeing Matt Hasselbeck as a clear choice to lead the team for the upcoming year and be a mentor to Locker.

The rookie quarterback out of Washington shows some great awareness as well as speed coming out of the pocket when necessary.

In a recent interview by Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennessean, Wyatt sat down with new offensive coordinator Chris Palmer and examines film of Jake Locker. Palmer has high hopes for Locker admiring his quick release and ability to find the open receiver when forced to roll out:

“We have not been a big quick-game passing team here,” Palmer says. “The (previous) coaching staff had a reason and it was a very sound reason why they did not do a lot of it. But if we are playing with a young quarterback, we know that they are going to blitz him. So the quick game has to be a part of us."

Palmer's only concern was Locker's accuracy. The young quarterback's accuracy was lower than the other QB's drafted this year. 

Locker finished his senior year at Washington with a 124.2 quarterback rating and passed for 2,265 yards. The main burden was his 55.4 completion percentage, but maybe his career low nine interceptions make up for it.