After a solid NFL Combine performance, Jake Locker saw his draft stock rise, but analysts are still bewildered when it comes to projecting where he'll end up when the NFL Draft rolls around. Looking at a variety of 2011 NFL mock drafts paints different pictures of Locker, who's anywhere from a mid-first rounder to a second-rounder in various mock drafts. While some have him going as high as 15th, or 25th to the Seattle Seahawks, other analysts aren't yet sold on his abilities, even after showing improvement at the Combine over the weekend.
Taking a spin around the mock draft world, here's what we found.
CBS Sports' Rob Rang: No Locker in the first round of Rang's draft, but three other quarterbacks are off the board in the first round. Cam Newton is the No. 1 pick, Blaine Gabbert is at No. 10 and Ryan Mallett is at No. 12, heading to the Minnesota Vikings.
CBS Sports' Chad Reuter: Locker isn't in Reuter's mock draft, either, failing to receive a first-round grade. Cam Newton is the No. 1 overall pick, Blaine Gabbert is at No. 7, but no other quarterbacks are in the first round.
CBS Sports' Pete Prisco: Locker is not in the first round of Prisco's latest mock draft. Three other quarterbacks are, though, with Blaine Gabbert and Cam Newton in the top-10 and Ryan Mallett heading to the Seahawks at No. 25
SB Nation: Locker gets a better grade from SB Nation's latest 2011 NFL mock draft, projected as the 15th pick. Gabbert is No. 1, Newton is No. 12 and Christian Ponder is at No. 25.
National Football Post: Locker and the Seattle Seahawks are a match made in heaven at National Football Post as the Washington quarterback is projected as the 25th pick. Newton is No. 1, Gabbert is No. 12 and Mallett is No. 16.
There's plenty of time for Locker to improve his draft stock, and his improvement at the Combine was a good start. The Washington Huskies' Pro Day is next on the agenda as Locker looks to keep his momentum going in a scripted workout ahead of April's draft. Hopefully by then we'll have a better idea of where Locker projects and if he's a sure-fire first-rounder.
For more on the draft, check out our 2011 NFL mock draft StoryStream. For more on Locker and the Huskies, check out SB Nation's UW Dawg Pound.