Another look at Locker

INDIANAPOLIS – Today is the day reporters are allowed into Lucas Oil Stadium to watch workouts. Here is the pool report ESPN’s John Clayton provided on University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker:

Though Sunday wasn’t a perfect rebound from a sub-par Senior Bowl week, University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker bounced back with his throwing. Running was no problem. It never has been.

His initial unofficial times of 4.52 and 4.52 would have tied him with Duante Culpepper, the former Minnesota Vikings quarterback, as the fourth best quarterback 40 time since 1999. Considered the Tim Tebow of the West Coast, Locker has always been known for having great athletic skills for his ability to move.

It’s been his inconsistent throwing that has been under scrutiny. Sunday was good day overall because he was consistent in most of his throws. He opened by showing great arch and touch on seam routes down the middle of the field. Though his throws on slant route were fine, a drop and a misstep by a receiver led to two of three incompletions, but drops by receivers were familiar to him from his days at Washington.

Locker wasn’t as sharp in two of his three “nine” routes to his left, being a little high with a couple of throws. Locker bounced back with a strong performance of throws to his right. He completed two of three throws on short “out” routes. His 12-yard curls to his right were natural. He was three-for-three on post corner throws.

Overall, Locker seemed to be in tune with his throws and made it easy for receivers to catch them. He’s made progress since the Senior Bowl.


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