Senior Bowl practices concluded Thursday as players prepare for Saturday’s game. Washington quarterback Jake Locker began the week as the most heralded player in Mobile. His practice performances have generated mixed reviews.
While the consensus seems to be that Locker improved daily, that’s typical as players develop in-practice comfort zones. Locker’s primary backer is ESPN’s Todd McShay.
“We saw each and every day, Locker got better,” said McShay, calling Locker a “mid first-round“ draft pick. “His accuracy improved.”
At the opposite end of the spectrum are Russ Lande of Sporting News and FOX Sports’ Adam Caplan. Lande on Locker:
“I think Jake Locker hurt himself, I really do. … His accuracy is terrible. … I spoke to a coach today to get his opinion and he said if a guy’s mechanics are good and he’s smart enough, but his accuracy stinks then there’s not a lot you can do.
“… I don’t think he’s going to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.”
Added Caplan, “I don’t see how … Locker will be selected in the first round. … His passing mechanics continue to be a big issue. He rarely put together two accurate passes in a row … The most important characteristic for a quarterback to possess is ability to throw the ball accurately — something which has plagued him throughout his career.”
On Wednesday, Caplan wrote from Mobile that Locker “from an accuracy standpoint, (was) still the worst of the six (quarterbacks) here.”
Hopefully, Mike Florio will get some clarity from NFL Network’s Mike Mayock today. Mayock appears on PFT Live at noon eastern.