McShay suddenly souring on Jake Locker

Late last month, we noted the polarizing effect of Washington quarterback Jake Locker on draft analysts. Adam Caplan of FOX Sports and Russ Lande of Sporting News were thoroughly unimpressed with Locker’s Senior Bowl performance, while NFL Network’s Mike Mayock pinpointed Locker’s struggles as a pocket passer.

ESPN’s Todd McShay seemed to be Locker’s only steadfast backer left, alleging that the fifth-year senior’s “accuracy improved … each and every day” in Mobile. McShay claimed, at the time, that Locker helped his draft stock at the Senior Bowl.

Something changed since late January.

Appearing on SportsCenter Thursday, McShay was asked about risers and fallers at this point in draft season. After running through his list of risers (e.g. Alabama running back Mark Ingram and Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller), the first name McShay gave for his fallers was Washington quarterback Jake Locker.

McShay explained that Locker’s “fall” is attributable to poor accuracy, essentially the exact same criticism offered by Caplan and Lande, and alluded to by Mayock.

Perhaps McShay has been speaking to NFL scouts since the Senior Bowl. Those scouts were unimpressed with Locker’s practices, so McShay adjusted his evaluation accordingly.

Either that, or McShay is swiping other draft analysts’ ideas without assigning proper credit.

26 responses to “McShay suddenly souring on Jake Locker

  1. There are still 100 days to the draft or so. I’m sure Jake will rise and fall a few more times between now and then. But the buzz story seems to be shaping up as Newton vs. Gabbert. Which is great for off season interest. But I think that Camera Newton showed his stuff today, and will be dodging the Combine. Too bad.

  2. As if Mel Kiper isn’t annoying enough, we now hang on the words of his little brother Todd McShay … IF either of these two clowns had a clue what they were talking about, they would be working in the scouting departments of one of the 32 NFL teams. Kiper & McShay both serve a greater purpose at ESPN, which is more & more about talking heads drawing attention to themselves … Mayock seems to take this stuff seriously

  3. go play baseball. your not accurate at all and I’ve watched you miss WR’s for 4 years. You only had 1 winning season as a starter (this year 7-6) and one season you lead the team to a 0-12 season.

    Good athlete, not an NFL qb.

  4. Why don’t we just ask Ted Thompson what he thinks of Locker? He’s the genius who drafted Aaron Rodgers so he must know everything about evaluating college QBs. Oh wait, Rodgers fell into his lap and any idiot with a 37-year old QB would have picked him.

  5. McShay is a McTurd. Another ass clown who scouts with his ears (Kiper) instead of his eyes because he has no clue about what he’s looking at.

  6. McShay is a punchline. I don’t know a single person that takes his laughable attempts at analysis seriously. Just an ESPiN stuffed shirt that couldn’t tell you the difference between a three-technique and a nine route.

  7. Every year, the gurus force QBs down the throat of every top ten drafting team, this year its Blaine Gabbert, Mallett, and for a long time, Locker. If I needed a QB I would wait until the second or third round and look for someone like Ponder or Devlin.

  8. “IF either of these two clowns had a clue what they were talking about, they would be working in the scouting departments of one of the 32 NFL teams.”

    Yeah, because they’re saddled with such crappy jobs being ‘the’ go-to guys on the nation’s most watch sports network.

  9. The East Coast writers are finally figuring out why Locker didn’t come out last year. He was terrible at UW. Look at his stats and his durability while he played as a Husky.

  10. face it without Andrew Luck this class is shapin up to be a pretty weak class of quarterbacks there are just too many question marks with other supposed top 4 qb’s

  11. Didn’t McShay not like Clausen?
    Didn’t everyone love Clausen because of the Pro-Style system?
    Wasn’t Clausen did his best Alex Smith impression this year?
    Wasn’t McShay right?

  12. “Either that, or McShay is swiping other draft analysts’ ideas without assigning proper credit.”

    Isn’t that what all of these guys do? Regurgitate what they heard someone else say?

    Never understood how some of these analysts become infatuated with a player of whom they have never spoken during, you know, football season.

  13. Corey Chavous is AWESOME…I agree. He used to come on NFLN for the draft even while he was still playing. Glad he went into the draft eval. business now that he’s done playing.
    The ONLY people I really respect when talking about college talent are the NFLN guys. Davis, Mayock, Chavous, even Torry Holt has some good takes, etc.

  14. Colin Kaepernick hopefully falls to Raiders in the second round #48 MARK MY WORDS HE’S THE BEST QB IN THIS DRAFT, 4 YEAR STARTER, UNBELIEVABLE ARM, RUNS A 4.4, INTELLIGENT, AND WELL BEHAVED.

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