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It’s been impossible to figure out whether or not Jake Locker improved his draft stock at the Senior Bowl last week. Throughout the week, reviews of Locker’s performance varied from day-to-day, with analysts unable to form a consensus opinion. His 60 percent completion rate on Saturday was solid, but analysts still found a way to pick it apart, noting he was sailing passes and still struggling with footwork.
Over at Fox Sports, Locker didn’t get a great review. His mechanics appeared to be an issue, contributing to his inaccuracy in practice throughout the week.
If you were in attendance and watching him during the practice sessions this week, you probably gasped at his inaccuracy. Locker rarely threw two accurate passes in a row, a sure sign that he has problems with his mechanics. Locker seemed to turn his right hand a bit during his release which could be part of the problem. His poor performance during the Senior Bowl game didn’t help his cause, either.
Doug Farrar, reviewing the Senior Bowl for Yahoo!, noted Locker’s inaccuracy, but also praised his recovery in Saturday’s game.
For the other quarterbacks, the results were far more mixed. Locker, who came to Alabama as the event’s marquee star, struggled with accuracy and mechanics early on, recovered to have a better second half, and went six of 10 for 98 yards in the game.
While Locker didn’t appear to answer any questions about his abilities in Alabama, it’s unclear whether he hurt his draft stock or not. He does, however, have outstanding character and a great work ethic that could justify the risk of taking him in the early to mid first round of the draft.
For more on the Senior Bowl, check out the rest of our StoryStream.
By all accounts, Washington linebacker Mason Foster had himself a great week at the Senior Bowl. Foster was consistent in practice throughout the week, showing off exceptional speed, agility and strength from his linebacker position. He excelled in coverage drills and was a strong tackler, something that was on full-display during the game on Saturday.
Foster was a tackling machine while at Washington, recording an eye-popping 162 tackles in 2010. His nose for the ball continued at the Senior Bowl, where he recorded eight tackles, leading all players. Five of those eight tackles were solo, as well, showing he can make the open-field tackles that are so crucial at the next level.
Scouts and analysts were singing Foster’s praises throughout the week at the Senior Bowl. His consistency, and strong performances under the watchful eyes of NFL teams, boosted his draft stock and has him firmly in the front-half of the draft. By Saturday, many were calling Foster a second- or third-rounder and even that may be on the low-side.
Though many players failed to impress or show consistency, Foster was a clear winner this week in Alabama. Expect his stock to continue to rise with the combine and individual workouts still ahead. If you’ve watched him during his time with the Huskies, this should come as no surprise.
For the all the coverage from this week, check out our Senior Bowl StoryStream.
Which NFL Draft prospects separated themselves at the Senior Bowl, for better or for worse? At the game itself, there were a few clear winners on each side of the ball as prospects stood out and put together strong performances. On the whole, the week’s worth of practices and the game itself gave players a chance to booster their draft stock and answer some questions in front of scouts from every NFL team. The stakes, as you can imagine, were high.
Here are a few of the players that both won and lost this week in Alabama.
Christian Ponder, quarterback from Florida State: Easily the best quarterback in the game, Ponder looked comfortable in the pocket and made some nice throws for the South. He finished as the most productive quarterback, completing passes for yards and two touchdowns. For his efforts, he was named the most valuable player.
Von Miller, linebacker from Texas A&M: Miller was a beast during the game, flying around and making plays. His speed in pursuit was on display more than once as he hauled down quick running backs from behind and made plays in the open field.
Cameron Jordan, defensive lineman from Cal: Jordan had what was likely the best week of practice of any player in Alabama, looking unstoppable at times. How good was he? The coaches had to tell him to tone it down during drills after his dominant performances early in practice. Jordan will likely find himself in the top-15 come April
Leonard Hankerson, wide receiver from Miami: Hankerson had a huge game in the Senior Bowl, leading all receivers with 99 yards and a touchdown on five catches. His routes were crisp, his hands were solid and he boosted his draft stock with his performance in Alabama.
Jake Locker, quarterback from Washington: Locker had a chance to begin to put some of the questions about his accuracy and passing to rest, but disappointed. He showed improved, but was inconsistent for much of the week. On Saturday, he completed 6-10 passes for 98 yards, but struggled with high throws and fumbled twice. He’s only a loser here because of that inconsistency.
Stephen Paea, defensive lineman from Oregon State: Paea is here not because of his performance, but because of the unfortunate incident that occurred early in the week. Paea tore his meniscus in drills early in the week and was forced to leave early. As with any injury ahead of the draft, it has the potential to harm his draft stock and, perhaps, drop him out of the first round.
Colin Kaepernick, Ricky Stanzi and Andy Dalton: The quarterbacks struggled all week and none of these three stood out in the game itself. All three had plenty to prove coming into the week, but all three battled inconsistency and struggled all week. Analysts are projecting all three as mid- to late-round picks that will need some development time at the NFL-level.
The South was the big winner as they took home the Senior Bowl title this year. Behind Ponder’s two touchdowns, the South jumped out to an early lead and held on down the stretch as the North came back, securing a 24-10 win. Hankerson and Kerley each caught touchdowns and running back Noel Devine took one in on the ground for the South.
For the rest of our coverage from the game, check out our Senior Bowl StoryStream.
Christian Ponder has been having a great game at the Senior Bowl in Alabama, opening some eyes as he carves up the North defense. Ponder has easily been the best quarterback in the game, completing 7-13 passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns. Not only does he have the most yardage through the air, but he’s the only quarterback with a passing touchdown thus far.
Hanging onto a seven-point lead, the South needed a touchdown to seal the game and Ponder delivered. On third and five, Ponder pumped once, then hit Jeremy Kerley down the seam for 23 yards and the touchdown. The throw and catch were the play of the day thus far, and left the analysts drooling over Ponder’s ability. The play capped a six play, 68 yard drive for the South, putting them back up 14 points.
Jake Locker is back in the game looking to narrow the gap in the waning moments of the Senior Bowl. With 2:30 to go, the South leads the North by 14, 24-10. For the latest from the game, check out our Senior Bowl StoryStream.
The South team is almost out of quarterbacks in the Senior Bowl after Greg McElroy and Andy Dalton both went down due to injury. With no other quarterbacks remaining for the South, it’s down to Christian Ponder, who will take all the reps for the remainder of the game as the South tries to hold off the hard charging North. McElroy injured his hand after connecting with a helmet in the second half while Dalton left after being sacked in the third quarter.
The North had a chance to cut the South lead to four, but Kai Forbath pull-hooked his 44-yard field goal, squandering a golden opportunity. Even with the miss, the North easily has all the momentum in the Senior Bowl, coming out of the half firing and never letting up. After the South dominated the first half, holding the North to just 18 yards of total offense, the North has scored 10 unanswered points in the second to make it a one-score game.
With five minutes to go can the North find the end zone again to knot the game up? We’ll keep you updated as the Senior Bowl comes to a close in Alabama. You can catch all the action on NFL Network, or follow our StoryStream for live updates and stats.
After the North found the end zone for the first time all day, Washington quarterback Jake Locker stepped in front of the microphone on the sideline for an interview with the NFL Network. Locker said he loved the experience he’s had at the Senior Bowl while admitting there are parts of his game that need work ahead of the NFL Draft. His accuracy continues to be hit-and-miss, just as it was all season, something that has scouts wary.
Locker says the biggest problem is his lack of experience working out of the pocket after running a spread-option offense for much of his playing career.
“It’s not been very many years that I’ve been in the pocket making passing in there,” Locker said. “With repetition it’ll only get better”
Working from the pocket, a quarterback’s balance and footwork become crucial to his accuracy. It’s something Locker is well aware of and has been the focal point of his preparation for the draft. In workouts ahead of the draft, Locker has been working sliding around the pocket and staying balanced as he works to improve his accuracy and ability to make all the necessary throws.
“I think not just taking straight drops and throwing, moving in the pocket, simulating a rush and sidestepping guys to throw,” he said. “When you have the opportunity to do some team stuff work on the footwork.”
Locker is 3-5 for 51 yards in the Senior Bowl, playing in the first and part of the third quarters in Alabama. The South still leads the North, 17-10, in the fourth quarter. For more on the game, check out our Senior Bowl StoryStream.
Jake Locker got another shot at the quarterback spot for the North and finally got into a rhythm as the North offense began to move again. Locker hit Titus Young for 15 yards on the second play of the drive then hit Da’Rel Scott for 34 a few plays later on a checkdown. He nearly turned the ball over on the next play, however, coughing it up on a scramble, his second fumble of the game.
Locker threw a great ball to Austin Pettis in the end zone, leaving the cornerback no choice but to interfere on the play. With first and goal from the one, the North converted as Scott punched it in. Locker was 2-3 on the drive for 49 yards, with the only incompletion coming when Young was called for offensive pass interference.
The North is back in the ballgame after an anemic first half, finally finding a spark on offense. At the end of the third quarter, the South still leads the North, 17-10. For more on the game, check out our Senior Bowl StoryStream.
The North is finally on the board in the third quarter of the Senior Bowl. After finishing the first half with just 18 yards of total offense, the North kicked into gear to start the second half. Colin Kaepernick took over at quarterback for the North squad and got things going, showing off his strong arm on the scoring drive.
The drive was set up by great field position after the defense held the South offense in check, forcing a punt from deep in its own territory. Dwayne Harris broke off a nice 20-yard punt return and Kaepernick took over at the South 27. After driving down to the 10, a holding call sent the North backwards and put them into a hole they couldn’t dig out of as they failed to converting on third and goal from the 14, though Kaepernick did break a nice scramble.
Kai Forbath was perfect from 24 yards out as the North narrowed the gap to 17-3 with five minutes to go in the third. Keep an eye on our Senior Bowl StoryStream for more updates as the game progresses.
Noel Devine showed off a bit of power in the second quarter. The diminutive back — weighing in at a surprising 160 pounds earlier in the week — found the end zone from one yard out in the second quarter, giving the South a commanding 17-0 lead over the North. The plunge capped another long drive for the South, this one spanning 45 yards in 10 plays.
The North offense has gone nowhere in the first half, picking up just 29 yards of total offense. Consider that the South has 11 first downs already while the North just picked up its first with about two minutes to go in the half. Washington quarterback Jake Locker gave way to Ricky Stanzi in the second, though Stanzi has only fared marginally better than Locker did.
For the South, it seems like anyone they’ve plugged in has succeeded. Greg McElroy followed-up Christian Ponder’s performance by completing 4-6 passes for 26 yards. The South running backs have look strong, as well, carrying 21 times for 72 yards in the first half. Leonard Hankerson still has three catches for 76 yards, with Ronald Johnson and Devine each adding 12 yards in the receiving game.
With two minutes to go in the half, the South is up big, leading the North 17-0. For the latest from the Senior Bowl, stay with our StoryStream throughout the game.
Jake Locker is having a rough day early at the Senior Bowl. Through the first quarter, Locker has just one completion, on a screen pass to Kendall Hunter. Facing a stout South defense, Locker and North have struggled to move the ball both through the ground and the air, failing to even pick up a first down in two possessions.
The first time Locker and the North offense had the ball, a first down run went nowhere, putting them in an early hole. A Locker incompletion and the screen pass that went nowhere forced the North to punt, setting up the South’s first touchdown of the game.
Locker got another chance at it with his North team down 10-0, but couldn’t do anything with it. On second down, Locker was sacked and fumbled, though the North did fall on the ball. Once again, he was unable to move the chains after a third down incompletion as the South forced another punt.
Two possession, two punts and -1 yards of total offense. The North hasn’t looked good as the South has clamped down early. After the first quarter, the South hold a 10-0 lead.
For more on the game, check out our Senior Bowl StoryStream.
It’s been all Christian Ponder early in the Senior Bowl. The Florida State quarterback has been on fire thus far, leading the South to back-to-back scores early in the first quarter. On the first drive of the game, the South settled for a 23-yard field goal after stalling deep in North territory. The second time around, Ponder hit Leonard Hankerson on an out route for 18 yards and the score to put the South up 10-0 on the North.
Through just two series, Ponder has completed 5-9 passes for 94 yards and a touchdown. Hankerson has been his favorite target, catching three passes for 76 yards and the aforementioned score. Those three catches include the biggest play of the game, a 48-yard catch and run. Ronald Johnson also has one catch for 12 yards.
With the North offense stuck in neutral early, it’s been all South in the Senior Bowl. Thanks to Ponder, the South all-stars hold a 10-0 lead with just about a minute left in the first quarter. For the latest updates from Alabama, stay with our Senior Bowl StoryStream.
The South took the ball first in the Senior Bowl, jumping out to an early 3-0 lead over the North on a 23-yard Josh Jasper field goal in the first quarter. Quarterback Christian Ponder led the way for the South, completing 3-5 passes for 70 yards to set up the score. The field goal capped a 10 play, 72 yard drive to open the game.
Washington quarterback Jake Locker hit the field as the starter for the North, but was unable to move the ball at all, leading to a quick three-and-out. Locker completed 1-2 passes on the drive, missing on his first before finding Kendall Hunter on a screen pass for two yards on third down. The three quarterbacks on each side will be rotating in and out throughout the game, leaving each small windows to impress.
So far in Mobile, Alabama, the South is in control as they move the ball at will on the North defense. The three South running backs have combined for 42 yards on nine carries. Even Ponder has gotten in on the action, carrying twice for 11 yards.
Early in the first quarter, it’s the South on top, 3-0. Stay with our Senior Bowl StoryStream for score updates throughout.
Looking to catch a glimpse of players that may be on the Seattle Seahawks draft board by the time April comes around? The Senior Bowl is a great place to start as some of the nation’s best seniors hit the field in Mobile, Alabama. Though many of the players we’ve seen pop-up in early mock drafts have been underclassmen, there’s plenty of seniors turning heads this week.
Here’s a few to watch as the players hit the field at 1 p.m. on NFL Network. The full roster for the Senior Bowl can be found here.
Jake Locker, quarterback from Washington: It’s been almost impossible to nail-down how Locker performed this week, but most reports highlighted his inconsistency. He started slow — like many quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl — but showed improvement during the practices. However, the questions about his accuracy and ability to be a pocket-passer have yet to subside, leaving Locker with plenty of work to do ahead of the draft.
Mason Foster, linebacker from Washington: Foster had a solid, if not spectacular, week at the Senior Bowl, easily boosting his draft stock. In coverage drills, Foster’s speed and agility was on display for scouts, and he left a lasting impression. His size, strength and speed make him an intriguing prospect, and he’s likely moved into the second round after a good week in Alabama.
Cameron Jordan, defensive lineman from Cal: Jordan received rave reviews for his work at the Senior Bowl this week. He was relentless in pass-rushing drills and was unblockable for much of the week. With a loaded crop of defensive linemen in the draft this year, Jordan is rising fast after blowing scouts’ socks off in Alabama. Keep an eye on him throughout the game.
Andy Dalton, quarterback from TCU: Dalton made a name for himself as he led the Horned Frogs to a Rose Bowl victory over the Wisconsin Badgers. He’s a mid-late round prospect with plenty of questions about how he projects. His physical attributes and arm strength have been called into question, making it nearly impossible to figure out where he ends up in the draft right now.
Jarvis Jenkins, defensive lineman from Clemson: Keep an eye on Jenkins during the Senior Bowl. Playing alongside consensus top-five pick Da’Quan Bowers, Jenkins flew under the radar for Clemson in 2010. He’s a solid interior lineman that the Seahawks could take a hard look at when April rolls around.
The Senior Bowl takes place at 1 p.m. on NFL Network. Follow our 2011 Senior Bowl StoryStream throughout the game for live updates and stats.
The North roster at the Senior Bowl features three quarterbacks looking to make a name for themselves and boost their draft stock amid questions about where they project in the NFL. One, Jake Locker, is among the top-four quarterbacks in the draft, with the other two, Ricky Stanzi and Colin Kaepernick, playing with something to prove. On Saturday, all three will split time at the quarterback spot for the North as each looks to prove themselves.
Locker has had an inconsistent week of practices, never blowing the scouts socks off. By the time the practices were over, Locker left with as many questions as he came to Alabama with — including concerns about his accuracy and how he works in the pocket. Even if he has a stellar day on Saturday, he’ll still have work to do ahead of the draft as he works to convince NFL scouts he can be a franchise quarterback.
Kaepernick is more of a running quarterback, operating out of Chris Ault’s pistol at Nevada. Like Locker, he’s supremely athletic, but his ability to make throws has always been in question. He also had an inconsistent week in Alabama, but may be the type of mid-round pick a team looks to develop for the future.
All Stanzi did at the college level was win. His four years at Iowa are littered with clutch performances in big games. Like the others, however, Stanzi faces questions about how he will project at the next level, leaving him facing an uncertain future. At the Senior Bowl, he’s impressed at times, and boosted his draft stock at results. It’s likely he ends up as a mid-round pick that a team invests development time in at the NFL-level.
For the rest of the North roster, check out this handy table. Keep an eye on how all three quarterbacks handle the snaps at the Senior Bowl as each tries to climb the draft boards in Alabama.
The 2011 Senior Bowl kicks off on Saturday, featuring some of the best NFL prospects in college football. Players have been measured, analyzed and picked apart all week ahead of Saturday’s game as scouts work to project where a player should be drafted. In many ways, Saturday’s game is anti-climatic because of that. The scouts left in droves on Wednesday after taking in three days of practice, giving the prospects a small window to impress in.
Time: 1 p.m. PST on Saturday, Jan. 29.
Location: Ladd Peebles Stadium in beautiful Mobile, Alabama.
Broadcast Information: The NFL Network has the broadcast rights to the Senior Bowl, and has been broadcasting practices throughout the week. Mike Mayock has been in Alabama all week, so we’re going to assume he’ll be doing the broadcasting. Let’s hope for a big stiff-arm.
Teams: Players are split into North and South teams, with our local prospects setting up shop on the North squad. Washington’s Jake Locker and Mason Foster will both be looking to impress in Alabama today.
Rosters: The full rosters can be found here.
Catch all the action at 1 p.m. today on NFL Network. Can Jake Locker find some accuracy against the South defense? Will Mason Foster continue his consistently strong week during Saturday’s game? We’ll find out later today as the two take the field in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.
There’s no question Washington quarterback Jake Locker can show flashes of brilliance at times. His athletic ability and rocket arm allow him to make dazzling plays on the run as he becomes a one-man wrecking crew at times on the field. But it’s the consistency — the ability to make the stock throws every NFL quarterback needs to have in the bag — that has scouts worried ahead of the draft. This week at the Senior Bowl, Locker had a chance to put some of those fears to rest with a consistent week, but couldn’t.
CBS Sports’ Rob Rang filed a report from Alabama on Locker, summing up his week quite week. In it, Rang details the throws Locker needs to consistently make in order to alleviate some fears about his ability. So far, he hasn’t done so, leaving plenty of questions surrounding his draft stock.
Tuesday’s practice seemed to be a step forward for Locker, who needed to make a solid impression all week to become more than a fantastic athlete with potential. Wednesday he struggled again to connect consistently with receivers while standing in the pocket, coming up short on multiple throws to the wide side of the field. It is clear the Pac-10 star passer is aiming or pressing, trying to be perfect on every throw instead of allowing his athleticism and arm strength to shine through.
If Locker cannot exhibit NFL-caliber accuracy on seam or out routes when playing against air in one-on-one drills, or even against a half-effort pass rush in team scrimmages, it is hard to project him doing it during his NFL career.
That’s been the book on Locker all along. One day he’s solid, the next day he’s underwhelming. If he can’t figure out how to become an accurate passer between now and the draft — and it’s hard to believe he will — then his draft stock will suffer as a result.
While practices are winding down, the game is still set to take place on Saturday. Follow along with our 2011 Senior Bowl StoryStream for the latest from Alabama.
Every NFL Draft guru around has picked apart Jake Locker’s week at the Senior Bowl. It’s almost too much to process, with information coming from all corners of the Internet, all with different opinions. Some scouts said he improved as the week progress, others said he hurt himself in a big way with a week of poor accuracy and decision making. It’s impossible to nail down how Locker did without aggregating everything together into one place, evaluating what analysts said as a whole.
Luckily for us, SB Nation put all the analysis together in one handy place, grouping quotes together by what part of Locker’s game they pertain to. The only area a consensus was reached by all the analysts tracking him was accuracy — it was terrible.
Most analysts thought Locker’s mechanics were solid, though Wes Bunting felt his balance was poor, causing some of the accuracy issues we’ve seen. While his mechanics and accuracy while in the pocket tend to break down, Locker is at his best outside of the pocket, where he’s able to make plays with his feet and get the ball down field accurately — something the analysts agreed on for the most part.
Did he improve over the first three days? Depending on who you asked the answer varied greatly. Some thought his performances got better each day while others didn’t see much out of Locker over the first three days. With different opinions from everyone, it’s clear Locker will likely leave Alabama with as many questions as he came with.
For more on the happenings in Alabama, check out our 2011 Senior Bowl StoryStream.
We’ve seen Todd McShay and others praise the way Washington quarterback Jake Locker bounced back in the second and third days of practice at the Senior Bowl. Locker was inconsistent on the first day, like many quarterbacks, but appeared to step-up as he got more comfortable with his surroundings. Did he improve his draft stock, though? After all, that’s the overall goal for every player at the Senior Bowl this week.
According to Sporting News’ Russ Lande, a former NFL scout, Locker hurt his stock in Mobile, Ala., and hurt it badly.
“He’s got good mechanics, but his accuracy is terrible. I know I spoke to a coach today to get his opinion and he said if a guy’s mechanics are good and he’s smart enough, but his accuracy stinks then there’s not a lot you can do. You’re pretty much saying that you’re always going to have an inaccurate thrower. And if you can’t be accurate, you cannot be a quarterback in the N.F.L. I think Locker hurt himself a lot this week”
Not exactly a glowing review for Locker. It fits with what many have been saying, though. Locker has solid mechanics, is a good character guy and is as athletic as anybody else in the draft. It’s his inability to consistently make the right reads and throws that continue to haunt Locker. Given the opportunity to put some of the skepticism aside, Locker has, apparently, struggled in practice this week.
Is there any chance he can turn it around down the stretch or ahead of the draft? Of course it’s always a possibility, but Locker is running out of opportunities to convince scouts the accuracy will come.
For more on Locker and the events of the week, check out our 2011 Senior Bowl StoryStream.
There’s no question Washington quarterback Jake Locker is a physically gifted athlete, possessing the size and speed that makes NFL scouts drool. However, Locker has been unable to shake questions about his accuracy and decision-making at the quarterback spot, even with the strong week he’s been putting together at the Senior Bowl. His tendency to throw into coverage, or mis-read the defense at times, has been the biggest knock on his game, and one that’s unlikely to go away ahead of the draft.
National Football Post’s Wes Bunting is in Alabama this week, scouting our the draft prospects at the Senior Bowl. Today, he took a look at the quarterbacks, and noted Locker will likely need time to develop at the NFL-level in order to be a successful signal-caller.
However, even vs. seeing exclusively cover one and cover three looks the past three days he just doesn’t seem to trust his eyes. The game seems to be moving too fast for him at times, he’s not overly decisive with the football and his eye level too often drops at the first sign of pressure. Plus, his balance in his base is really poor when asked to set and throw from center, causing him to struggle to properly drive off his back foot and accurately deliver the football.
Bunting notes that the problems Locker has can be fixed, but they should give teams pause when considering spending an early pick on him. He calls Locker a “reps guy” in his assessment while saying it will take time for Locker to adjust to the game at the next level.
For the latest on Locker’s performance this week, check out the rest of our 2011 Senior Bowl StoryStream.
It seems like all Washington linebacker Mason Foster does is string together strong practices. It's that consistency, and a week chock full of strong performances at the Senior Bowl, that has Foster's draft stock rising as scouts continue to warm up to him. Foster is one of the players that has benefited the most from the Senior Bowl practices and could see his name called in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft because of it.
National Football Post's Wes Bunting singled out Foster on Wednesday morning, noting he's been garnering plenty of attention in Mobile, Alabama this week. According to Bunting, Foster solidified himself as second- or third-round prospect this week, opening some eyes at the Senior Bowl.
For those that have paid attention to Foster throughout his career at Washington, none of this should come as a surprise. Foster has been a steady presence in the middle of the Washington defense and his tackling numbers show just that. It's nice to see the attention surrounding him begin to pick up ahead of the draft, and the Senior Bowl may be just the beginning for Foster as he showcases his skills in workouts and combine situations.
For more on Foster and the Senior Bowl,check out our StoryStream on all the week's action.
Call it another solid day for Washington quarterback Jake Locker at the Senior Bowl. Over the last two practices, Locker put concerns about his shaky first day to rest, putting together strong, consistent performances at the Senior Bowl. Running through a variety of different situational drills, Locker impressed, distancing himself from the rest of the quarterbacks in Mobile, Alabama — including Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick and Ricky Stanzi.
RealGM praised Locker’s performance, noting his improved accuracy and solid mechanics on Wednesday. As expected, Locker was best working outside the pocket, where he’s free to use his mobility to his advantage.
He looks comfortable taking the snap and scanning the field. And his accuracy today was improved. On a rollout drill Locker was very confident throwing across his body and kept his feet under him when delivering the ball, something the other two QBs didn’t do once. In a red zone drill he consistently fired the ball high to the back line (as designed) with real zip but also catchable balls.
The knock on Locker was his ability to make the tough throws to the sideline, the area he had the most inconsistency. Locker struggled to square-up and deliver an accurate ball to his right side, one of the harder throws to make.
All things considered, Locker has done nothing to hurt his stock at the Senior Bowl, and may find himself rising as practices come to a close. Outside of the first day, he’s been consistent, accurate and has showcased his abilities in front of a bevy of scouts.
For the latest on the local prospects at the Senior Bowl, check out our StoryStream on the week’s events.
Improvement was the word of the day for Washington quarterback Jake Locker. After an inconsistent first day of practices at the Senior Bowl, Locker was markedly better on day two, showing more consistency as he started to build a comfort level with his receivers. If he’s able to keep it rolling and consistently perform in the practices leading up to Saturday’s game, Locker has a chance to significantly boost his draft stock ahead of the NFL Combine.
Speaking on College Football Live, ESPN’s Todd McShay praised Locker, noting he had a solid day. Locker made what McShay called “an awful throw” early in the drills, but bounced back and performed at a high-level throughout the rest of the workout.
McShay said Locker “made all the throws you’d expect him to make” during the practices, cutting down of some of the overthrows and poorly placed balls that plagued him during the 2010 season. If he can show some consistency and improve his accuracy this week, McShay feels Locker could find himself in the top-half of the first round after his draft stock took a hit this year.
With three days of practice left until Saturday’s game, Locker has plenty of time to improve his position in the 2011 NFL Draft. Tuesday was a step in the right direction, but it remains to be seen if he can keep it going consistently throughout the week. If he can, Locker has a chance to be the big winner this week in Mobile, Alabama.
For more on the week’s events, check out our 2011 Senior Bowl StoryStream.
Jake Locker isn’t the only Washington Husky in Alabama for the Senior Bowl. Linebacker Mason Foster is along for the ride, looking to improve his draft stock, as well. Foster is a mid-round pick as of now, but boasts a high-upside and could see his stock rise ahead of April’s draft. On the first day of practices, Foster impressed, especially in coverage drills.
Draft Express singled Foster out, complimenting his ability to drop into coverage and cover space in the open field.
The two risers, in my opinion, were Washington’s Mason Foster and Connecticut’s Lawrence Wilson. Foster may be the best linebacker in this year’s draft at dropping back into coverage. He’s an extremely fluid athlete in fluid space and showed his reliability as a coverage linebacker today.
As for the vitals, Foster checked in at a hair over 6-foot-1 and 244 pounds on Monday morning.
It’s a great start for Foster, who stands to gain plenty from the Senior Bowl. While the attention from the state of Washington will focus on Locker, Foster is quietly making a name for himself after another steady season for the Huskies. If he can sustain his quick start all week, he’ll set himself up in a good position ahead of the NFL Combine and other individual workouts.
The first day of Senior Bowl practices almost always result in inconsistency in the passing game as quarterbacks work to develop a rapport with their receivers. Such was the case on Monday as Washington quarterback Jake Locker hit the field for the first time in Mobile, Alabama, taking part skeleton passing drills. Locker didn’t shine, but that doesn’t mean his draft stock went in the tank because of it.
NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock echoed the sentiments about first day jitters while evaluating Locker’s performance (via The Seattle Times’ Danny O’Neil).
“He was a little bit erratic today,” Mayock said. “And I think a lot of the quarterbacks are the first day so I don’t worry too much about that, but it’s really important for him – starting tomorrow – he needs to be as accurate as possible in the pocket.”
He went on to say that Locker needs to show scouts he can make accurate throws. There’s no question Locker has a cannon for an arm and an impressive scrambling ability, but he needs to show the ability to work within the pocket and accurately deliver on all the throws in the route tree. If he does that consistently this week, expect his stock to shoot through the roof.
Overall, Locker’s day wasn’t great, but also wasn’t terrible. He’s a little shorter than advertised, but that was about the only revelation to come out of the first day of work at the Senior Bowl.
Locker and the rest of the Senior Bowl participants will be back at work tomorrow, running through the gauntlet in front of the NFL scouting contingency. You can catch all the action on NFL Network throughout the day.
The 2011 Senior Bowl offers Jake Locker a chance to shine in front of a wide array of NFL scouts and draft analysts alike this week in Mobile, Alabama. The game itself is of less importance; it's the practices, workouts and drills that carry the most weight this week in the eyes of scouts. With scouts and draft-gurus trying to project Locker, the work he does this week could go a long way toward determining where Locker projects by the time the draft rolls around in April.
The festivities kicked off this morning in Alabama with the tradition weigh-in, the first of many for NFL prospects. According to National Football Post's Wes Bunting, Locker checked in at 6-foot-2.25, 228 pounds, about three-quarters of an inch shorter than his listed height. CBS Sports' Rob Rang thinks his shorter than expected height may have be a problem in the eyes of scouts.
Again, the 3/4 of an inch doesn't sound like a big difference, but one of the elements that scouts had liked about Locker was his prototypical size. It isn't fair to list Locker's size as an attribute when he's only a 1/4" inch taller than TCU's Andy Dalton and 3/4" of an inch taller than Alabama's Greg McElroy -- two QBs who have been often knocked for their lack of ideal height in the past.
With the weigh-ins out of the way, the players hit the field for drills. For Locker, that meant throwing in a skeleton situation without a pass rush. By itself, the session doesn't mean much -- it's the first of many he'll be run through -- but how he throws throughout the week will be the focus of many NFL scouts looking to gauge his accuracy and how he will project as an NFL quarterback.
The workouts can be seen on NFL Network all week, with the game set to take place on Saturday at 1 p.m. For the latest on Locker and teammate Mason Foster, stay tuned to our StoryStream throughout the week.
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