While there may be some who question if Jake Locker is still a first-round pick, former Seahawks coach Jim Mora is not among them.
Mora, also a former Husky player, said on the NFL Network today (a clip you can find here) that he has Locker going No. 10 to the Washington Redskins.
Not as convinced, however, is ESPN NFL expert John Clayton, who said today that he’d take Christian Ponder at No. 25 if he was drafting for the Seahawks, instead of Locker, though he said he thinks “it’s a pretty close race.”
The debate will likely rage all the way to the April 28 draft. Now that he’s done with the Combine, Locker will begin to prepare for Pro Day at UW on March 30, as well as individual workouts with teams.
Participating at the Combine today was UW LB Mason Foster. Here’s what I’ve seen for his measurings: — 4.75 in the 40 (tied for 13th among linebackers), 22 reps on the bench press (tied for 13th) and 7.14 in the three-cone drill (13th). (Here are the top 10 times for the 40 among linebackers).
Chad Reuter of NFLDraftScout.com says Foster was among the linebackers that “stood out” on Monday and that he could sneak into the third round.
NFLMocks.com also says that Foster was “really solid,” though note it lists his first unofficial 40 time.
UW safety Nate Williams will go through drills on Tuesday during the concluding day of the Combine.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— I wrote a story for the Tuesday paper attempting to update the progress of the other capital projects at UW besides Husky Stadium. So hopefully this answers your questions about things such as the track, and soccer and baseball stadiums. (And I should note there is nothing official in the works yet on a basketball operations facility — that’s stilll just in the really early planning and thinking-about stages).
— The Sporting News has spring game schedules for every team.
— Not Pac-10/12-related, but some interesting stuff here on some complications Conference USA has faced in negotiating a new TV deal.
All for now.