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Vikings, Seahawks spread the word that Jake Locker worked out well

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Jake Locker has followed up his solid Pro Day effort without some “excellent” private workouts, according to Rob Rang of CBSSports.com.

Rang spoke with a source with the Vikings who called Locker’s workout “very impressive” and that the Washington product “might be in the mix” for the No. 12 pick.

Meanwhile, a Seahawks source told Rang that Locker was “excellent” on the field and on the whiteboard during his visit with Seattle.

While we don’t doubt Locker has performed well, it’s hard to accept these statements at face value.  Why would any source with either team giving such a glowing review of Locker if they were truly interested in him?

If anything, hearing both teams send praise towards Locker makes us think they are looking elsewhere with their first pick.

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28 Responses to “Vikings, Seahawks spread the word that Jake Locker worked out well”
  1. broncfanor says: Apr 8, 2011 2:29 PM

    Good pull him off the board early so Denver doesn’t make the mistake of thinking about him in the second round.

  2. ttommytom says: Apr 8, 2011 2:31 PM

    Grasshopper,

    They KNOW everyone will think they will now look elsewhere. Thus the beauty of telling the truth.

    Double reverse logic = the truth

  3. mmskin says: Apr 8, 2011 2:35 PM

    he wont get past the skins at 10

  4. evilmajortom says: Apr 8, 2011 2:36 PM

    Or maybe they are just trying to sell the pick to their fan base.

  5. nfl25 says: Apr 8, 2011 2:39 PM

    now a days its difficlut to figure out what someone is doing. if i didnt want you knowing i was going to take/like a certain player, i want you to think i dont like the player. i know if i say he was good, you may think he was bad. so to throw u off, maybe i say he was good and the truth is he was really good. so u will drive urself crazy trying to figure out which way is real.

  6. loytomaki says: Apr 8, 2011 2:42 PM

    Denver won’t take him in the 2nd, Orton is good enough to get you deep into the post season if you have a solid team around him and the jury is still out on Timmy. There is no reason for Denver to take another developmental QB high if they have not given the first one 3(or at least 2) years to develop.

  7. youboettcha says: Apr 8, 2011 2:45 PM

    Unless they believe everyone else will not believe them, so they’ll do the opposite of that, which is to say they’re actually telling the truth. It could be a double Costanza.

  8. lucky5927 says: Apr 8, 2011 2:45 PM

    Someone is trying to bait the Redskins into taking him so an actual top prospect falls to them.

  9. zn0rseman says: Apr 8, 2011 2:52 PM

    More likely each of them is thinking about taking him in the first, and they don’t want fans to think they reached… which draft “experts” would claim they did, because both teams are desperate at QB and according to the “experts”, Locker somehow slid from a sure-fire top 5 pick to a 2nd to 3rd round flier… in just 9 months without anything about his game or capabities having changed.

  10. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Apr 8, 2011 2:58 PM

    They’re just trying to get Shanahan and Snyder to take him.

  11. JimmySmith says: Apr 8, 2011 3:07 PM

    Getting an endorsement from the Vikings is no great shakes, remember, this is the team that traded up two different times for their last 2 QB draft picks and T Jack Off and John David Booty aren’t exactly ripping up the league.

    Hell, one of them isn’t even in the NFL and the other is on his way out this way now that his QB mentor and Mensa member, Col Klink is making his millions at home on the couch.

  12. mataug says: Apr 8, 2011 3:10 PM

    “Jake Locker has followed up his solid Pro Day effort without some “excellent” private workouts, according to Rob Rang of CBSSports.com.”

    without ???

  13. crohrbaugh says: Apr 8, 2011 3:17 PM

    I would suggest maybe looking at some game film- specifically the two games agains Nebraska who runs more of a pro style defense. Absolutely horrific performances.

  14. thefiesty1 says: Apr 8, 2011 3:36 PM

    Either one would be better off with Kapernick in the second round. They are just trying to put a little question in the minds of Denver, the cardinals, the 49ers, and Tennessee. Locker should still be on the board late in the second round.

  15. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: Apr 8, 2011 3:57 PM

    ttommytom says: Apr 8, 2011 2:31 PM

    Grasshopper,

    They KNOW everyone will think they will now look elsewhere. Thus the beauty of telling the truth.

    Double reverse logic = the truth
    =================================
    Young Padawan,

    Everyone KNOWS they will be trying to use double reverse logic. Thus the beauty of triple reverse logic.

  16. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Apr 8, 2011 4:15 PM

    JimmySmith says:
    Apr 8, 2011 3:07 PM
    Getting an endorsement from the Vikings is no great shakes, remember, this is the team that traded up two different times for their last 2 QB draft picks and T Jack Off and John David Booty aren’t exactly ripping up the league.

    Hell, one of them isn’t even in the NFL and the other is on his way out this way now that his QB mentor and Mensa member, Col Klink is making his millions at home on the couch.
    ________________

    First of all, they traded up in the 5th round to pick J-Boot, so I don’t think they were counting on him as the QB of the future. Second, the last QB they drafted was Joe Webb. Third, how’d that Brian Brohm pick work out for you?

  17. largent80 says: Apr 8, 2011 5:19 PM

    Look, everyone has tagged Locker to the Seahawks at one point or another this offseason because of the local ties. The only reason to talk up his performance, then, is to further convince other GMs that the Seahawks will pull the trigger on him with its 1st round pick, 25th overall. It could be a bluff, but if you’re another GM interested in Locker, can you be sure of that? No. So make the Seahawks an offer by giving up a high or mid-2nd rounder, plus other draft choices.

    The Seahawks have needs just about everywhere except LT, FS and TE, so quantity over quality is the way to go. Also, if they pass on a QB in the 1st round, chances are that he and the three other second-tier QBs (Dalton, Kaepernick and Ponder) will get snapped up before the Seahawks pick again at #57 overall, judging by recent mock drafts.

    Bottom line, taking a QB at 25th overall is probably poor value, but waiting until 57th overall means missing out entirely on the key guys. The way around this is to trade down out of 25, get a QB somewhere in between, and pick up extra draft choices in the bargain. All they need is one team with a man-crush on Locker for this to work.

  18. bordner says: Apr 8, 2011 5:30 PM

    Brian Brohm = better than any (non ex-Packer) QB the Queens have had in the last 5-6 years, but still not good enough to make the Packers.

  19. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Apr 8, 2011 5:41 PM

    bordner says:
    Apr 8, 2011 5:30 PM
    Brian Brohm = better than any (non ex-Packer) QB the Queens have had in the last 5-6 years, but still not good enough to make the Packers.
    _______________

    Thank you for confirming how delusional the typical Packer fan is.

  20. mcastill says: Apr 8, 2011 5:43 PM

    Bordner…. Brian Brohm was never a Viking…. He was a Packer. You may be getting him confused with the qb the Vikes picked up from the Giants practice squad.

  21. dbellina says: Apr 8, 2011 5:53 PM

    Once again, I do NOT want Cam Newton on my team.

  22. mcastill says: Apr 8, 2011 5:53 PM

    Rhett Bomar is who the Vikes picked up from the Giants.

  23. FinFan68 says: Apr 8, 2011 6:03 PM

    As long as Mallet makes it past the Vikings to the Dolphins…

  24. hobartbaker says: Apr 8, 2011 6:04 PM

    Photo shows Jake Locker being measured for height at the Combine while being interviewed by PFT reporter (just out of the picture on the bottom left hand side).

  25. JimmySmith says: Apr 8, 2011 6:07 PM

    Webb was drafted as a WR, the only reason they reverted was because the Vikings sucked and even a third string QB was better than none at all.

    Brian Brohm sucked but the Packers were ready, their 7th round pick that same year is better than anything the Vikings drafted in the last 5 years.

    The Vikings are in a world of hurt, they finished in last place and their team will have some major deflections in the off season so last place again is a pretty safe prediction.

  26. baldeagle6 says: Apr 8, 2011 8:04 PM

    No tellin’ exactly what this report is all about, but it seems rather odd–especially this close to the draft. Like from the Department of Propaganda and Misinformation.

    A report that Locker did not have a good workout/practice/pre-game warm-up would have been more newsworthy.

    It would be interesting to know the context of how the information on the “excellent” and “very impressive” workouts was gained by Rob Rang.

    Did Rang ask about all of the QB workouts those teams had (the Vikings reportedly had seven QBs in for a look, and the Seahawks four), did he ask only about Locker, or were those opinions volunteered spontaneously by the team sources, and on Locker alone, etc.? A questioner can get nearly any quote he wants if he poses the question the right way.

    FYI–According to the same Rob Rang some time ago, Locker’s stock shot up in 2009 because his completion percentage went from 48% in 2007-08 (total of 16 games) to 58% in 2009, and so some similar progress was expected again in 2010. When his comp. % fell to 55% in 2010, his stock fell back to earth.

  27. whatswiththehate says: Apr 8, 2011 8:11 PM

    “While we don’t doubt Locker has performed well, it’s hard to accept these statements at face value. ”

    Really? So how come you want us to accept anything that is positively glowing about Blaine as face value. Just this past week you were quick to post an article where the Bills claimed Blaine was “similiar” in athletecism to Cam. You were aglowing as if you, yourself was quite surprised.

    It’s funny how we’re to believe every piece of praise that is given to Blaine but not Jake, Cam, or Mallett…Transparent MUCH…
    ———————————-
    “dbellina says:
    Apr 8, 2011 5:53 PM
    Once again, I do NOT want Cam Newton on my team.”

    Well, if your judgement of Cam is based solely on what you hear and read from sites like this, I wouldn’t want him on your team either. You’re obviously quite quite small-minded and judgemental.

  28. exnfl says: Apr 9, 2011 3:41 PM

    Listen blow hards…

    Jake Locker is the 2nd best QB in the draft. This kid comes through in the clutch time and time again.
    He’s had horrible talent surrounding him, numerous dropped balls by his receivers, they had no tight end over the last couple of years . He played most of the year with broken ribs. He is the fastest complete QB I’ve seen since Vick. He’s been clocked by NFL scouts at sub 4.4. He can make any throw…rather than concentrate on some of his bad games which involved situations where the receivers ran the wrong routes, couldn’t get separation or the game plan itself was suspect. Look at the California, Washington State,Arizona, USC games of the past couple of years. He beat USC twice…what college QB has even come close to doing that?
    Pete Carroll, “While at USC, he was the best I had seen. The speed, arm..field smarts, physicality”
    I’ve watched a lot of football over the last 35 years. This kid is no-brainer 1st round pick. He should be the 2nd QB picked…

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