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Draft analyst: Jake “helped himself considerably”

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on March 30, 2011 at 7:08 pm with No Comments »
March 30, 2011 7:10 pm

Jake Locker and the UW coaching staff seemed thrilled with the quaterback’s work at Pro Day today in Dempsey Indoor. However, the opinions that really count come from NFL scouts, coaches and front offices.

Those were well represented also. Among them were the familiar faces of Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, and former UW coach Keith Gilbertson, who is now a senior offensive assistant with the Cleveland Browns. The Tennessee Titans, who are in need of a quarterback, sent several representatives.

“I think he helped himself considerably,” said Rob Rang, senior draft analysis at NFLDraftScout.com. “The thing is … It’s not so much the one pro day. It’s the fact that he’s shown significant improvement every step of the process, from him being here at the University of Washington, to the Senior Bowl, to the Combine, to now Pro Day, you are seeing the steps of improvement. That’s the evidence teams are looking for that may cause them to believe that he could be a face-of-the-franchise starting quarterback in the NFL.”

Linebacker Mason Foster also seemed to help himself, especially by running a 4.67 the 40-yard dash, after clocking 4.75 at the Combine. He projects as an upper-middle-round draft pick.

“It’s been a dream since I was 9 years old,” Foster said. “You dream of running out there with your favorite team, and each day it gets closer and closer. So, I’m excited to see at the end of April where I end up.”

The first round of the NFL draft will be held April 28, the second and third rounds April 29, and the fourth through seventh rounds April 30.

UW’s pro day lasted about three hours, and included player measurements and testing, running and agility drills, and individual player workouts by position groups.

Coach Steve Sarkisian was asked what message he had for the scouts.

“Just get used to coming out more,” he said. “We’ve got some more guys down the pipe coming.”

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