Half of those polled say Locker will go in the first round
A recent poll conducted by College Football Examiner shows that football fans still believe that Washington quarterback Jake Locker is worth a first round draft selection. Or at least, half of them do.
Locker had what many have called a disappointing 2010 season after deciding to return for another year of college football rather than enter the NFL Draft early and likely be selected first overall by the Detroit Lions. Last week’s Senior Bowl was seen as a big test for Locker and it was a question if he would be able to shake some of the negative scouting reports on him with a good week of practice and a solid performance in the game. By all accounts, completing six of ten passes for nearly 100 yards in the Senior Bowl does not look bad on paper, but Locker fumbled the ball twice and was bailed out by members of his offensive line on recovering the would-be-turnovers. The word from practices seemed to unanimously agree that Locker’s performance in practices was far from impressive as well.
It did not help Locker that Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder put together a good week of practice and took MVP honors in a two-touchdown outing to lead the South to a 24-10 win over Locker’s North. It is unfair to pin a loss in this type of game on any one player as playing time is split at each position but ultimately the fact that Locker gave up the ball under pressure and did not throw a touchdown will be the final impression left by the quarterback at the college level.
Half of those polled still believe that Locker is worth a first round draft pick though. In last week’s poll, which was extended through Monday morning, 34.88% responded by suggesting that Locker will be drafted within the first 15 picks of the NFL Draft in April. A total of 16.28% said that Locker will go later in the first round and 13.95% said he would be drafted in the second round. The same number of voters said Locker will be drafted in the third round.
Locker is also considered a talented baseball player but he will not be taking the same path of Villanova‘s Matt Szczur. Szczur is pursuing a career in Major League Baseball in the Chicago Cubs organization rather than become the next great slot receiver in the NFL. Of those polled, 20.93% said that Locker’s future would be brightest if he went in to baseball instead of football.