INDIANAPOLIS — Jake Locker is part of a 2011 quarterback class that many analysts believe has depth but no clear-cut leader since each has question marks associated with their game.
NFL Network’s Mike Mayock lists Locker second behind Blaine Gabbert, noting the Washington QB needs to improve his overall passing accuracy, especially as he moves within the pocket.
It’s not a surprise to Locker.
“It’s something I knew coming into this would be one of the big points of question,” Locker told reporters Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine. “I was prepared for it and ready for it. … I think any competitor would by lying to you if he told you he wasn’t (looking forward to proving himself).
“It’s no secret I don’t think, with anybody, that moving in the pocket and throwing in the pocket is something I’m working on and will continue to work on.”
Locker, polished and well-spoken with the media, was believed by many to be a first-round draft pick — potentially first overall — had he left school after his junior season. His stock remained high entering a senior season that many believed didn’t meet expectations, but even with the added scrutiny, Locker said he’s now more prepared for the draft process.
“As a player, and a person, I’m a lot more prepared for this process, doing things like this, and going through this process and being comfortable,” Locker said. “I don’t think I would have been prepared for it last year. Being able to go out and go through the workouts and have confidence in what I was doing personally, I feel a lot better after having another year playing for the coaches that I did and the system that I did.”