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December 23, 2009 at 12:53 PM

McShay call’s Locker’s decision surprising

The Holidays have meant being a little less attentive to things for a few days and here’s something else I missed — some interesting comments on Jake Locker from ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay during a conference call with reporters on Monday.
Asked about Locker’s decision to stay in school, McShay said:
“Jake Locker, I was a little surprised to be honest. I know there are reports out there now that he didn’t get a first round grade from the advisory committee. First off all, the advisory committee has been off a round or two consistently. Secondly, the advisory committee tends to lean – and should for the safety of the players – lean towards the conservative. They’re always going to give a half-round to a round lower than where the player projects to go, so they don’t encourage a player to leave early should something go wrong. I think Jake Locker would have been a top five pick and I was bit surprised by that fact that he’s going back to school. I said it 10 times, I do think it was a good move for him if he wasn’t 100 percent ready. He didn’t believe he’s at the point right now in his career and development to go in the NFL. I think going back and playing another year under Steve Sarkisian, his head coach, who’s only been with him for one year and we’ve seen all this improvement, in terms of tempo and mechanics, I think it will be good for him.
“With Locker out, it will be interesting now to see how the quarterback position shakes out. You have Sam Bradford coming off the injury who is very talented and certainly from a skills standpoint and potential standpoint belongs in the top 10 to 15 picks. Then Jimmy Clausen from Notre Dame, who I’m not as high on as some other people seem to be. I think he’s well-coached and has enough physical tools but I don’t think he’s exceptional physically. I think his arm strength is just adequate. I think he’s thrown a lot of balls up for grabs and he’s not going to get away with that in the NFL. And from everyone I talk to in the scouting community, there are questions about his leadership and how good of a teammate he is and do you want him to be the face of your organization. I think its going to be very interesting watching the quarterback position with those two as the first-rounders.Then, where does Tim Tebow go and where does Colt McCoy go? Two of the most decorated college football players in the history of the game. With those four quarterbacks at the top, there’s going to be a lot of buzz about the position, but we may only have one that goes in the first half in the first round which makes it even more interesting.”

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