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Morning links: Locker’s pro day

Post by Eric Williams on March 30, 2011 at 7:14 am with 26 Comments »
March 30, 2011 7:15 am
Washington QB Jake Locker (AP Photo/Denis Poroy).

Washington quarterback Jake Locker will have his pro day today at the Dempsey indoor practice facility in front of what is expected to be a full house of NFL scouts and media.

The workout begins at about 10:15 this morning, and will include linebacker Mason Foster, defensive back Nate Williams and others. Check out the full list of players who will be participating here.

Locker will throw to receiver D’Andre Goodwin and fullbacks Austin Sylvester and Dorson Boyce in a scripted, 60-throw session overseen by Washington offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. Boyce will serve as more of an H-back and work the middle of the field.

Locker talks to ESPN 710 Seattle’s Brock Huard and Mike Salk about his pro day in this audio link.

He says he looking forward to another opportunity to prove he will be successful at the next level.

“The biggest thing we worked on is being consistent,” he said. “So every time you threw the ball, you had the same motion. The ball came out the same way, and you’re approach to the drop and the release was the same way.”

You can watch the workout over at

Doug Farrar of breaks down what Locker needs to accomplish during his workout to help win over scouts who are still concerned with his accuracy.

Bucky Brooks of the NFL Network says the most contentious draft room debates revolve around Locker.

Pat Kirwan of the NFL Network has Locker going to Seattle at No. 25 in this two-round mock draft.

Matt Bowen of National Football Post discusses whether or not Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith deserves a first-round grade.

Greg Gabriel of the National Football Post breaks down offensive tackles Tyron Smith of USC and Colorado’s Nate Solder.

Nolan Nawrocki of Pro Football Weekly is very critical of Auburn quarterback Cam Newton in this scouting report, making some wonder if he crossed the line.

Adam Caplan of Fox Sports defends the value of possession receivers in the production of NFL passing games.

Morning links
Leave a comment Comments → 26
  1. Dukeshire says:

    I know I’m in the minority, but I’m far more interested in seeing how Foster does than Locker.

  2. SandpointHawk says:

    Interesting article in the Wall Street Journal about Paul Allen. Not about the Hawks but some new background information on his early years at Microsoft.

  3. What do you think of using the comp pick on SS Nate Williams, if he’s still there?

  4. Will Locker really be able to show if he has improved? I mean, even if he shows that, that he is now more fluid with he’s feet and whatnot, you would not be able to know if he could lapse back into the “old Locker” once he is under pressure from a defender in the National Football League. I think no matter what, you have already bought into the guy that is Jake Locker, or you haven’t, his pro day won’t change that much in my opinion. That is also the reason why I’d like to see more from Mason Foster, he is a guy we might be able to snag up in the 4th, and I think he could contribute right away on Special Teams, and eventually develop as a starter.

  5. I agree Duke, I am far more interested in Mason Foster than Jake Locker also. Can you imagine him teamed with Martez Wilson and David Hawthorne?

    It will never happen as linebacker is not a prime need and both of those players will be taken before our 4th round pick arrives. I expect our 1st round choice gets us Kevin Kolb or one of the more highly rated OL or DL prospects. Unlikely we use our 2nd rounder on a LB.

    I like the comments made about Cam Newton. I am glad he will be a media icon someplace else.

  6. Duke-
    Did you say you did or didn’t go to the Pro day at PSU this year? If you did, did you notice a 6-4/205 (+-) S Caleb Singleton. who used to play for WOU (same school as NYG’s Kevin Boss)?

  7. Especially if Locker does really well, I still don’t see him making it past Washington at 10.

    Did anyone watch Christian Ponder on “Game Changers” on the NFL Network? If he can remain healthy, I think he’s pretty solid as a WCO QB. I could still see the ‘Hawks trading down a few spots, into the 2nd, and selecting him. Maybe picking up a 3rd round pick…


  8. If Cam Newton should fall to #25, would you take him there if you were PC/JS?

  9. Trent Dilfer is really high on Andy Dalton(?)

  10. I would stay away from Cam Newton regardless of where he fell.

    I am not very keen on Blaine Gabbert or Jake Locker either, but at least niether of those have the legal concerns and ridiculous phony baloney character and massive ego Newton has. They all played in a spread offence also.

    QB choices I like….. Kolb, Ponder or Mallet.

  11. HawkfaninMT says:

    I am firmly entrenched in the camp that does not want to draft a QB this year.

    We paid a 3rd for Charlie, lets sign us up a couple FA QB that will step in and compete if called upon and call it good. It will give Charlie a year to show if he is a long term franchise qb or not. If he is great, if he isn’t then we have a veteran that can compete to play this year, and will be in good shape to draft a top QB next year. This year fix the line and get solid contributors!! PLEASE!!

    A starting G, RT, and CB would do a lot more for us long term than a Rookie QB that couldn’t break the Top 25 in the draft.

    In addition, I just read Caplan’s piece linked above. Missing among the guys he mentioned I would not be heartbroken to see us use a 7th round pick on Jeff Maehan (sp?), especially if we can’t get Stokley to re-up

  12. Just finished John Morgans book “100 Things Seahawks Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die” While not world peace, it is a series of essays from a fan that was a nice diversion for a couple of hours. A must read for all Seahawks fans. (at least me.)

  13. I think Jake has more riding on his pro day than most QBs in the draft. In the controlled setting of a pro day with no pass rush, he really needs to be spot on with his accuracy. If he sails balls at this workout, I think a lot of people will really write him off because of his accuracy issues.

    I hope he does well, not because I want him on the hawks, but because i do think he’s a good guy. I am pretty neutral to the idea of him being the Hawks’ QB. I’d rather go OL at 25 i think.

  14. Dukeshire says:

    klm – I did not go, sadly. I should have, but whiffed.

    blocis – That would be sick! (But you’re right, not in the cards…)

    BTW, great to see some new(er) names here. Don’t be strangers, everyone.

  15. Dukeshire says:

    This is an interesting read (IMO) about all the disinformation being disseminated leading up to the draft.

  16. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Thanks, Duke. Interesting article.

    Did anyone happen to catch Locker’s pro day? Just curious how it went…

  17. I don’t like Mallet at all (for the 1st round at least)

    Every game that I say him and he was put under pressure he was not even near the same QB. If we draft him in the 1st round he won’t have a good line and could very well be shell shocked before we get a line around him. and therefore a waste of a pick

  18. Lines LINES LINES LINES LINES!!! FIX THE LINES first and foremost!!! Offensive & defensive. nothing will ever change for this team even if you drafted the 2nd coming of Joe Friggin’ Montana (yes, that’s his middle name). Finally people are making sense around here. and while yer at it JS & PC since this has become somewhat of a passing league (everyone wants to see the big play) then get a GREAT CB & SS to SHUT DOWN the big plays and then get some decent wide receivers who can compliment the ones we have now. if there is any question about ANY QBs then PASS on them all. I’d rather see them have plenty of picks next year. It is it at least a 3-4 year superbowl contending rebuild and they just got through year number one of what i can only deem Operation: Fix Ruskell’s Fuskell

  19. I was a Mallett fan until I found out Bevell was hired (not a good fit athletically) and he is a moron.

  20. Dukeshire says:

    I’ve never been a big Mallett fan, lol. All I see is Dan McGwire when I watch him play, for good or ill; Both very tall (6’8″ and 6’7″ respectively.) Both transfered from their original college to another. Big arms. Slow feet. Mallett has better numbers but I simply cannot imagine him leading a NFL franchise anywhere but mediocrity. And there’s the “moron” thing. lol

  21. No. I hope Mallet isn’t even on the ‘Hawks radar. That position takes such strong leadership qualities, as well as the physical tools…and in that case I have to agree on the McGwire comparison.

    I’d love to hear someones argument who actually likes Mallet…I mean, unless you can get him in the 4th round, hellz naw.

  22. heyyou_66 says:

    The thought of Mallet as the face of this franchise is FRIGHTENING. Would love to see Ponder slide in the second but know it aint happening. Dalton and Kapernik both intrigue me, but again both may be gone by our second rounder. Ideally trade back to early second round. Pick up Ponder with that pick and a G/T with the second pick. I Like Rodney Hudson but did not see much of him possibly in the late second. So many holes to fill and so few picks………………….hmmmmm. Can free agency start please!!!

  23. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Kapernick is NOT a second rounder. He might be a fourth-rounder, but he’s nowhere NEAR ready for prime time. Think David Green with less of a pedigree.

    Dalton is over-hyped, too. Not sure where Dilfer gets off thinking he’s got #25 value, but what do I know?

    If Locker is there at #25, I’ll suffer in silence. But I’m really hoping Pouncey or Carimi land in our laps on draft day (and we take them, of course)…

  24. It’s Opening Day! Screw you GODell and the *NFLPA.

  25. Dukeshire says:

    Hear, hear. Of course, it’s the first of the 100 Yankee games ESPN will air… I wonder if the executives there have any idea that there are 28 other teams?

    Also, Rick Sutcliffe… Why? He’s nearly as bad as Tim McCarver, yet he’s ESPN’s feature color analyst.

    (I’ve just talked myself out of being excited about Opening Day. lol)

  26. Dukeshire says:

    Sorry 29 other teams. I meant to include the Red Sox with the relentless airing of those two teams’ games.

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