Scouting The Huskies: Jake Locker
QB Jake Locker
40 YD: 4.50
Throughout the 2010 football season, Dave Razzano will be providing scouting reports on various Pac-10 student-athletes. He is a former NFL scout with more than 22 years of professional scouting experience with the San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals under NFL coaches Bill Walsh, George Seifert, Chuck Knox and Dick Vermeil. He's been a part of five Super Bowls with three Super Bowl wins (49ers, 1989, 1990; Rams, 2000). This week: Washington quarterback Jake Locker.
Strengths: Gifted athlete. Has a cannon for an arm and can make all the throws required of the big time QB's. Can drive the deep throw on a line. He is quick and fast in his pass drops, and has the feet to avoid rushers and escape outside of the pocket. Tremendous speed pulling the ball down and running for the first down marker. Tough as nails and not easy to tackle in the open field. Makes big plays in big games. Very productive player with a winning mentality. Outstanding leader.
Weaknesses: Lacks some patience in the pocket and will bail out too soon at times. Tends to lock on primary target which will cause some interceptions. Needs to put more touch on his short throws. Has to take what the defense gives him and not put too much focus on making the big play.
This senior All-America candidate should challenge for several postseason awards. One of the most athletically gifted signal callers in the history of college football. Outstanding speed for a QB. Turns in to a running back with the ball in his hands. Makes impressive throws down the field with his rocket for an arm. He does need to be a little more patient in the pocket and wait for plays to develop more than he does. Extremely confident young man who can make the big play at any time on the field. Has the leadership traits needed to be successful at the next level while fine-tuning his natural talent.
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