By Dave Razzano, Playmaker Correspondent
Let it be known that I love Jake Locker’s NFL potential.
Opinions are all over the place regarding the former Washington signal caller’s skill set. When I watch him, I see many of the traits Brett Favre possessed coming out of college. The innate ability to make plays outside the pocket is very difficult to find. Many QB’s can stand in the pocket and deliver the ball with good protection. All the great ones, however, can make things happen when protection breaks down by scrambling away from pressure and making big time throws on the move. This is where Locker is at his best. Many seem to think he is inaccurate and at times he is. They all are. No QB is perfect.
I tend to be a “glass half full” scout and a QB who can make big plays like Locker will only get better surrounded by a good supporting cast in the NFL. The fact that he has a solid head on his shoulders and is a great leader is “key” to maximizing his talent. Holes can be found in any QB coming out. It is not an easy position to evaluate. The key is exposure. With the QB’s, it is paramount to see as many games as possible, and not just from his final season. Go back and see his best games against the best competition.
I think some team is going to “win” with this kid. And looking at the Playoffs each year it is safe to say that when a team hits on a QB, then everybody wins.
Dave Razzano is a former NFL scout and Playmaker Mobile correspondent with more than 22 years of professional scouting experience with the San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals under NFL coaches including Bill Walsh, George Seifert, Chuck Knox and Dick Vermeil. He's been a part of five Super Bowls with three Super Bowl wins (49ers, 1989, 1990; Rams, 2000).