University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker appeared polished and poised while talking to reporters today at the NFL scouting combine.
And he alluded to one of the reasons he went back to school for another season instead of coming out last year was taking more time to get ready for both the league and the fishbowl that is the draft process.
“As a player and as a person I’m more prepared for this process,” Locker said. “Doing things like this, and going through this process and being comfortable going through it.”
Locker said he’ll throw and do everything but lift in terms of the workouts this weekend.
He’s been working with former NFL quarterback Ken O’Brien in Irvine, Calif. in preparation for the combine. He’ll be down there for a few more weeks, and then return to Seattle to work with the receivers he will be throwing to at his pro day at the University of Washington, which takes place on March 30.
He also said a potential baseball career has been put on the back burner, and the football is and has always been his top priority.
“I’m a fan of this game and always have been, so to be a part of this process that I enjoyed watching so much as a kid, it’s a cool opportunity,” he said.
Locker also knows that his accuracy issues will be the main question he has to answer here and Indianapolis and moving forward.
“It’s something that I knew coming into this that would be one of the big points of question, and so I’ve prepared for it and I’m ready for it,” he said.
Asked to describe his strengths and weaknesses, Locker had this to say: “I think to be able to bring good character into a locker room, someone that guys can trust and believe in. I also believe I have the ability to improvise with my legs and extend plays, give guys the opportunity to work down field.
“And I don’t think it’s a secret to anybody, but moving in the pocket and throwing in the pocket is something I’m working to improve on.”
Locker cited Aaron Rodgers as a guy he likes to watch in the league right now, because of his ability to extend plays.