Jake Locker Admits He Needs to Put More Work In

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Updated: February 3, 2011

As we get closer and closer to the draft, some players are being nitpicked to death. Jake Locker, who by all looks of it seems to be a pretty good guy, is getting destroyed by draft analysts left and right. Well that’s what happens when you complete a single-digit amount of passes the two times you see a decent defense vs. Nebraska. But still he seems to be a very likeable guy, and if he doesn’t make it in football he will fit right in a MLB clubhouse.

He did an interview today with Scott Van Pelt on ESPN. Van Pelt asked him what he was going to work on when he got to the pros and Locker said he needs to put more time in off the field, watching film like the game’s great players do. Great answer. He also admitted that he needs to take more reps and focus on getting his footwork under him. It’s not often that a prospect openly admits his huge flaw, and I have gained a lot of respect for Locker for doing so publicly.

I’ve always called Jake Locker “the baby Jay Cutler” because they are so similar to me physically but I think Locker may be a more personable version of good ol’ Jay from Vandy.  And if he gets his footwork under him, he may end up being even better than Jay sometime down the road.

Mel Kiper has Locker ranked at the 4th best QB behind Blaine Gabbert, Ryan Mallett, and Cameron Newton.

5 Comments

  1. Hoang Pham

    February 3, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Hi, I’ve just read your article. I have watched Jake Locker the last 5 years he was at UW. His play is inconsistent but you can’t deny the intangibles this guys has. He is very likeable, in fact, he is a very big sporting figure in Seattle. He achieved this not because of his records (in terms of wins and losses) but because of his character and attitude. If you want a QB that will work hard then not a lot of QBs can out work Jake. To be honest, I really don’t understand the comparison between him and Jay Cutler other than maybe physically. Even that, I doubt. I think Jay Cutler is a much better QB at this point between the two, but please don’t compare Jake to Cutler.

    • dwash

      February 4, 2011 at 2:21 am

      I think they are more similar than you think. What NFL QB would you rather compare Locker too? Because for me Cutler is who I think of. Im also a Bronco fan and may be biased…

  2. Brennan Smith

    February 10, 2011 at 5:42 am

    I think this is a great post because it does offer another look at Locker instead of the constant berating of his skills coming from all the draft analysts. I appreciate that he was candid and honest in his interview with Van Pelt, but I’m also worried that he has admitted that he needs to work harder on studying tape and getting his footwork better. I think he should be concentrated on both and not have to admit he is deficient at either, especially with the overcritical scouts and general managers in the league looking at every flaw a quarterback could possess. Also, in regards to Jay Cutler I totally agree with Locker having the same arm and similar athleticism, but I think Locker’s accuracy is completely incomparable to Cutler’s. Although Locker started four seasons at Washington, he only completed an average of 53.7 percent of his passes, a terrible number for a team looking to draft a franchise NFL quarterback. Cutler completed around 60 percent of his passes, so I appreciate Locker being so honest and a much nicer guy than Cutler, but I’m skeptical if that attitude will actually translate into success at the NFL level or if he’ll fall victim to his inaccuracy problems and become a bust.

    • dwash

      February 10, 2011 at 5:41 pm

      I totally agree!