Is Jake Locker accurate enough to be an NFL quarterback? Based on his performance today — you know, the one where he threw without being pressured by pass rushers and without cornerbacks covering his receivers — yes sir!
Locker reportedly completed 40 of 42 pass attempts at Washington’s Pro Day, a 95.2 percent clip. That’s a few levels higher than Locker’s 53.9 career completion percentage with the Huskies. And while that means pretty much nothing, it is notable that the numbers were better than those put up by Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert at their respective Pro Days.
ESPN analyst Brock Huard said Locker’s performance was “as good as I’ve seen him ever throw,” according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Huard added that Locker looked “really, really confident and comfortable.”
Naturally, this performance has some observers quite excited. Some — like me — feel as though you can only take Pro Day performances with a grain of salt, but Locker’s performance certainly didn’t hurt his draft stock. At this point, it would be an upset if he fell out of the first round.
I continue to believe that Seattle wouldn’t let the local boy slide past pick No. 25. But now it appears as though Locker could have a chance to climb further up the draft board. Quarterback-needy teams Washington and Minnesota pick 10th and 12th, respectively. Seven of the first nine teams to pick are still searching for franchise quarterbacks.