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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.

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26 Responses to “McShay suddenly souring on Jake Locker”
  1. hobartbaker says: Feb 10, 2011 5:32 PM

    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. medialovesthecowboys says: Feb 10, 2011 5:37 PM

    Funny enough, if McShay is starting to not like Locker, than Locker might actually be a prospect worth looking at.

  3. chrisbermansdoublechin says: Feb 10, 2011 5:49 PM

    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

  4. bigbaldpapahawk says: Feb 10, 2011 5:55 PM

    Would not mind Locker falling to Seattle in round two.

  5. pbm984 says: Feb 10, 2011 6:01 PM

    McShay ripping off thoughts from real analysts – thats new

  6. gooselife says: Feb 10, 2011 6:08 PM

    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.

  7. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Feb 10, 2011 6:13 PM

    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.

  8. sabeybaby says: Feb 10, 2011 6:41 PM

    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.

  9. cappa662 says: Feb 10, 2011 7:07 PM

    I wouldn’t draft any qb in the first round. All are way too risky.

  10. pftareraiderhaters says: Feb 10, 2011 7:15 PM

    good let him drop to the second round. i am loving it.

  11. veistran says: Feb 10, 2011 7:28 PM

    Sun Tan Man McShay pretty much hasn’t had an original thought regarding a draft prospect ever.

  12. rushbacker says: Feb 10, 2011 7:33 PM

    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.

  13. hawk22207 says: Feb 10, 2011 7:36 PM


    I don’t like McShay or Kiper either. However, they make far mor $$ at ESPN than they would in any team’s scouting department.

  14. peopletrains says: Feb 10, 2011 7:42 PM

    Hey McShay, where is Andre Woodson going?

  15. peopletrains says: Feb 10, 2011 7:45 PM

    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.

  16. jc1958coo says: Feb 10, 2011 8:31 PM

    cappa662: no way take aaron rodgers in the first round! that is why U are another sunday arm chair idiot!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. jc1958coo says: Feb 10, 2011 8:34 PM

    every one on here should be a WANNABEE GM because you don’t know jack!! what is his last name!!

  18. liltifer says: Feb 10, 2011 8:51 PM

    “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.

  19. AlanSaysYo says: Feb 10, 2011 8:56 PM

    This is the reason I come to PFT. Somebody needs to call out the talking heads.

  20. mashoaf says: Feb 10, 2011 9:06 PM

    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.

  21. thatdude32 says: Feb 10, 2011 9:28 PM

    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

  22. zackd2 says: Feb 10, 2011 10:28 PM

    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?

  23. godofwine330 says: Feb 11, 2011 9:49 AM

    McShay is an idiot. He has proven it time and time again. I would take Corey Chavous over TOdd McShay any day of the week and twice on Draft Day.

  24. watchthisjack says: Feb 11, 2011 12:11 PM

    “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.

  25. CKL says: Feb 11, 2011 12:33 PM

    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.

  26. lassengrizzlycoach says: Feb 13, 2011 2:00 AM

    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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