As became obvious the day he decided to return for his senior year, assessing Jake Locker’s pro prospects will be a major subplot to UW’s 2010 season.
And one of the more opinionated of the NFL Draft experts is ESPN’s Todd McShay, who analyzed Locker’s future in a question-and-answer segment in latest edition of The Sporting News. I couldn’t find a link to it, so I’ll just pass along what McShay said. The answer was to a question from a Seattle reader who asked why Locker (pictured) is in line to be potentially the No. 1 pick in the 2011 Draft when UW won only five games last year and he’s completed only 53 percent of his passes in his career.
“I am definitely on board with Locker as a top pro prospect in 2011. In fact, I believe the Rams would have had a much tougher call at No. 1 this year if Locker had elected to leave early.
“Locker has been blessed with elite physical tools. But his draft stock is soaring now because of the enormous strides he is making under coach Steve Sarkisian, who worked closely with Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart and Mark Sanchez at USC. Locker’s footwork is improved, and it shows in his accuracy as a passer. He is also showing better tempo in his drops and progression reads. Locker needs to build on this momentum and continue to improve his overall decision making.
“If he does, Locker could be in the mix at the top of next year’s draft board, which potentially could be loaded with quarterback talents such as Stanford’s Andrew Luck, Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett and possibly even Florida State’s Christian Ponder.”
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Thanks to a commenter for passing along a nice feature today on Daniel Te’o-Nesheim from The Philadelphia Inquirer.
— Here are some video football highlights of the latest player to commit to UW, WR Jamaal Jones of Graham-Kapowsin High.
— The Fuel Football link I passed along earlier on Locker also includes an interview with UW’s head athletic trainer, Patrick Jenkins. That can be found on page 29.
— Jon Wilner with some interesting thoughts on Pac-10 football, a couple that include UW.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller answers his mail, including assessing whether the Pac-10 has a national title contender this year.
All for now.