All-Star Football Challenge: Jake Locker, Ryan Mallett, Andy Dalton Participate In Skills Challenge

Jake Locker, Ryan Mallett and Andy Dalton are participating in the All-Star Football Challenge on ESPN, running through a variety of skills challenges to test their accuracy and arm strength.

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All-Star Football Challenge: Jake Locker, Austin Pettis Team Up For A Win

Jake Locker found himself on the winning end of one of the All-Star Football Challenge skill challenges, teaming up with Boise State wide receiver Austin Pettis in the offensive teammate challenge. Pettis ran the course in 16.69 seconds, catching passes from Locker at various points. Ryan Mallet and Torrey Smith were second with a time of 17.13 seconds. Andy Dalton took third after a drop pass doomed his team.

The win kept Mallett from sweeping the quarterback accuracy and offensive teammate challenges with strong performances in each. Locker and Pettis formed an outstanding tandem, with Locker delivering accurate, and timely, throws to Pettis, who showed off his excellent speed and agility.

The All-Star Football Challenge, broadcast on ESPN, features a wide-array of skills challenges for some of the best college seniors in the country. Both offensive and defensive players at every position are participating in drills to show off speed, agility and position-specific skills. It serves almost like a mini-combine, though with drills you’re not likely to see anywhere else.

For more on the competition, check out our All-Star Football Challenge StoryStream.

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All-Star Football Challenge: Jake Locker, Ryan Mallett, Andy Dalton Participate In Skills Challenge

With the college football all-star games over and senior prospects getting ready for the 2011 NFL Draft, the opportunities to impress are diminishing with each passing day. However, on ESPN this Sunday, Jake Locker, Ryan Mallett, Andy Dalton and others are participating in the All-Star Football Challenge, a gauntlet of skills challenges that gives each a chance to impress. It doesn't mean a ton, but it does make good TV.

The quarterbacks are running through the same kinds of drills we'd see at the Pro Bowl, hitting moving targets with at various distances from the line of scimmage, with point totals varying for each. Ryan Mallett impressed from the start, showing off his strong arm right away while hitting targets strafing the field at 10, 20 and 30 yard distances. Mallett picked up 170 points in the accuracy drill, far-and-away the best score. Mallett followed up with a strong performance the second time around for a total of 340 points, good enough for the win.

Jake Locker, on the other hand, was inconsistent in the throwing drill, picking up 120 in the first round. Locker threw low at the 10-yard target, missed the 30-yard and had trouble throwing accurately. Of course, the announcers took the time to mention accuracy was the biggest issue as Locker was struggling. He came back strong in the second round, nailing the short target multiple times, hitting the medium-range target and throwing better as a whole -- picking up 140 points for a total of 260, good for second place.

The All-Star Challenge is, simply, just for fun, with seniors having a good time and showing off. With everything they do, however, comes scrutiny, as scouts are picking apart all the prospects ahead of the draft. Does it weight heavily? Of course not, the NFL combine will carry more weight in the eyes of many.

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