When Jake Locker was drafted with the eighth pick by the Tennessee Titans, many people thought it was a reach. However, had Locker come out in 2010, the eighth pick would have been seen as a slide in the draft for Locker, as many predicted him to be among the first picks.
But after deciding to return to the University of Washington, Locker struggled in his senior year, and his draft stock began to fall dramatically, as many questioned his ability to succeed in the NFL. However, Locker was drafted by the Titans, and with Tennessee's acquisition of Matt Hasselbeck, Locker will likely not be rushed into the starting position, which may turn out to be a blessing in disguise for the young quarterback.
In this article, I will identify five reasons why I feel that Locker will be the most successful quarterback in the 2011 draft class, better than Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder, Andy Dalton and even Cam Newton.