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November 13, 2009 at 2:45 PM

Rang says Locker not ready for NFL

Some interesting comments today concerning Jake Locker from an interview on KJR-AM with Rob Rang, a senior analyst for NFLDraftScout.com.
Rang, a Tacoma-area resident who is one of the more respect draft analysts around, has Locker going No. 8 in a mock draft published earlier this week.
However, Rang said he thinks Locker should return for another year at UW to get more coaching from Steve Sarkisian to get better prepared for a long-term NFL career.
Asked if Locker is ready for the NFL, Rang said “No, he’s not. That is the simple answer is that he’s not ready yet for the NFL. At the same time, it’s going to be pretty difficult to argue against his coming out because he has such physical tools. He’s going to be a high first-round pick that will get 10s of millions of dollars. So how do you take that away from a player?”
Therein lies what figures to be the key question in all of this for Locker after the season — taking the sure money now or spending another year at UW to not only likely create a more favorable college legacy but also to get another season of playing experience to get better prepared for the NFL.
Rang later acknowledged some of the quandaries Locker will face in all of this when he said that “he’s made so much improvement in just this one season (under Sarkisian). But at the same time, when you look at the offensive line and the lack of tools around him, it’s hard to make the argue against him not coming back.”
Rang said Locker would get more valuable experience staying at UW for another season and being a starting college quarterback as opposed to being in the NFL and likely being a second- or third-teamer. He said reserve QBs in the NFL don’t get a lot of reps in practice and Locker likely wouldn’t make the same progress as staying at UW another year.
“He’s going to learn (in the NFL) but you need the reps to improve and he’s not going to get that,” Rang said.
“I really think Jake Locker has the opportunity to become one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL. But if he comes out this season he’s rolling the dice. He has the talent, but he won’t have the opportunity to play immediately and if he doesn’t get immediate practice time, a high number of reps, then he is taking a risk what that second contract and long-term outlook is going to look like.”
So sounds like it’s clear as mud.

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