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Scouts out in force for Locker

Post by Darrin Beene / The News Tribune on March 30, 2011 at 1:27 pm with 8 Comments »
March 30, 2011 4:52 pm

Just received a call from Don Ruiz, who is covering the UW pro day that features quarterback Jake Locker. It’s over, and he’ll have more details shortly.

Some 200 scouts and media were there to see Locker go through his paces. Among those spotted were Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and former UW caoch turned Browns assistant Keith Gilbertson.

Locker connected on 38 of 40 passes. The two that were incomplete were on deeper slant patterns.

Locker said it was his best performance in front of scouts, something Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian agreed with.

Locker: “I felt like it went well. I came out and I felt like I threw it as well as I could today. (I was) working on the same things I’ve been working on throughout this process. I just wanted to keep improving upon them, and I think I was able to do that today.”

Sark: “I thought he threw great – not only the ball coming out of his hand and the accuracy. I thought his feet were good. I thought he had great demeanor. It’s not an easy workout to throw that many balls in a row. I think he ended 38 of 40, and the two he missed were pretty dang good throws, too. It was a nice performance.”

Locker added that instead of going to New York for next month’s NFL Draft, he will spend it with his family in Ferndale.

“It’s an honor, and I appreciate the (invitation to New York),” he said. “But for me I want to be with the people that have been with me my whole life and helped me get to this point. I want to share that experience with them, and not all of them would be able to come to New York with me. So for me it makes more sense to be home where I grew up and where this all started.”

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  1. Thanks Mr Williams-
    Also any words on the other UW prospects later?

  2. Here’s an interesting post from the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero on the QB prospects (he’s high on Newton and Ponder):

    Not sure how he knows which QB has THE ATTRIBUTE. We once thought Rick Mirer had it. He was supposed to be the second coming of Montana.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    MIchael Lombardi from NFL Network had some interesting things to say about Locker’s workout; For one, he noted that Jake threw primarily shorter routes and the few deeper throws were between the numbers. The only two deeper balls outside the numbers hit the ground. And while he had only two incompletes, several others were put in questionable spots. He also noted that Carroll and Ruston Webster (Tenn) were the only two “decision makers” there. Everyone else were area scouts, which he thought was unusual based on how much attention Locker has received. He hinted that wasn’t a good sign regarding what teams think about him, at least as an early round (1 and 2) prospect.

    Charley Casserly went on to say that “… a high school senior should get an A with that workout.”

    Hard to know if they are knit-picking or if his workout was conservative to the point where scouts will grade him down a bit.

  4. mojjonation says:

    Probably isn’t so much to grade Locker down, but to grade up everyone else. Did anyone think Brady, a 6th round pick, would become a three time superbowl champ and MVP? Doubt it. It’s all about where you go, what you have to work with, and who works with you.

  5. Dukeshire says:

    Why would one criticize a player with the purpose of improving the grade of another? At least from a reporting standpoint…

  6. Dukeshire says:

    Wow. Has Warren been hitting the sauce again? I don’t know Nawrocki or his personal beliefs, but when I read his comments originally, while they were a bit harsh and perhaps unfair I didn’t presume they were rooted in racism. I think comparisons to Russell are based more in the fact they both played in the SEC and have questions about their attitude and off-field decisions. We didn’t hear / read veiled criticisms about McCoy and Bradford’s intellect (although both coming out of spreads) because neither stole computers, were expelled for cheating and have questions about demanding money to play at a given school in their backgrounds.

    To put it another way; why are we not hearing these same things about Colin Kaepernick, if these comments are based on race? Perhaps it’s the person and not the ethnicity that’s at play here.

    (And by the way Warren, you’re not doing Newton any favors here. You ought to be trying to deflect any controversy surrounding the player you’re “advising” leading up to the draft. I’d call you an idiot, but that might make me a racist in your eyes.)

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