NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock, a Wednesday guest on PFT Live, told Mike Florio that Washington quarterback Jake Locker is a “first-round talent” who could fall in the draft because teams don’t know if he’ll ever “be accurate from the pocket.”
It sounds like Mayock’s concern about Locker’s ball placement is shared around the league.
According to FOX Sports’ Adam Caplan, “most teams” don’t have a first-round grade on Locker. His accuracy is reportedly viewed as a “major problem,” and may not outweigh Locker’s pluses in terms of athleticism and arm strength.
“There’s a lot to like with him,” writes Caplan, referring to Locker’s character and raw physical tools. “But he needs help with his mechanics, too.”
Our latest mock draft pegged Locker for the Vikings at No. 12 overall, although Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500 covers the team closely and believes Minnesota covets Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert. In order to draft Gabbert, G.M. Rick Spielman would likely have to trade up in the draft.
If the Vikings do settle for Locker, it appears most people in the NFL would view the pick as a major reach.