I could definately see it, Locker's a top 20 pick to me
It's definitely an intriguing idea. I will have to agree with the Viking fan that said if Locker busts it's a retarded pick, but if they hit it's worth it. That's how it is with every pick, but it's always a little bit more extreme when you are playing the hit-or-miss game with a QB, which is essentially the franchise. I like Locker, I don't know that I would take him at 10 or 12, but toward the end of the 1st Round, if you believe in him, why not take a shot? If Tim Tebow can be a 1st Round pick and Alex Smith can go 1st Overall (more recently, if Cam Newton or Blaine Gabbert can go 1st Overall), why can't Jake Locker go in the 1st Round?
Obviously there's a lot of bad with Locker, he had an awful season and its all well documented
Although, his tape against USC = a #1 overall pick in almost any draft in the last 10 years. I put it up with Stafford's game against LSU as a junior - the pocket was non-existent, the receivers were well covered, and the only way to stay in the game was for the Quarterback to make throws that he had no business making. No matter what team Locker goes to, he's going to have a better protection than he did last year at UW
Locker is the only QB in this class who should go in the first round. He reminds me of Aaron Rodgers more than Favre. Sure, the accuracy's not elite and he doesn't have the numbers. When it comes right down to it though, he's got NFL talent and reeks of confidence and leadership on the field. As a Packers fan, I would hate to see him go to Minnesota.
Originally Posted by jepg
I keep coming back to the fact that he's shown he can QB at an NFL level - whether it was the USC game this year, or a big percentage of his junior season. I can reasonably say that he just couldn't overcome how bad his team was, and while that's a red flag, its not bigger than Gabbert (NFL accuracy?) or Mallett (combo of poor release, mobility, and passing under fire. Also drugs/character issues).
Originally Posted by blue5213
I put Locker pretty much on par with Cam Newton, and I can make a case that Newton is a bigger risk. I think Locker has a better arm and throws a nicer ball. From a skillset perspective, I agree with the Aaron Rodgers comparison
Locker at 12 is the worst situation we could be in. Rick Spielman will surely be fired when Locker doesn't do **** and he flakes on his later round picks ... AGAIN.
The Vikings should be drafting safe/BPA this year. We can't afford to **** up any further or we'll be what Detroit was for the last 10 years... playing catch up.
he's not gonna hit, have you seen the inconsistency he displays? that's TJack all over again, not even kidding. You would think Zygi would say "**** that, I already dealt with that scrub TJack being inconsistent and bad, just take the best guy available" ... one can hope.
Originally Posted by SwAg Dynasty
I mean there are people talking about Locker going at 8th overall to the Titans.
I actually think the Titans make more sense then the Vikings. Because the Titans have to know that the Vikings are at least considering Locker, which means they may have to sit tight at 8 and take him. Perceived enormous reach or not.
You realize that drafting safe/BPA without having a good quarterback will always mean you'll be at best average in the current NFL? Look at the Miami Dolphins they have been pretty average the last few years (even the 10-6 team got badly exposed immediately in the playoffs) do you think they wouldn't switch Ryan for Long now? Ryan is a good quarterback but Long is an elite LT yet it wouldn't take them even a second to make their mind up. I know hindsight makes it easier to use this example but I think taking a chance on a Quarterback needs to be done these days. Granted, if he doesn't work out you'll be a very bad team for a few years but if he does work out you give yourself a chance at contending every year for 10 years.
Originally Posted by vikingsteve26
That's what everyone said when he went to the Senior Bowl and then he bombed it.
Originally Posted by cutty
It's just for one year. To draft a QB this year is stupid... there are no elite QB prospects and we're picking at 12, which is a bad spot for drafting a QB in the first round unless someone falls. If this were another year and we were looking at non-project, pro-ready, consistent QBs then I'd go with a QB at 12, sure. But none of these QBs are elite, pro-ready, non-projects. To draft him at 12 means he will start in 2011. He will fail... BADLY, if starting in 2011. You don't draft a guy at 12 and then have him sit on the bench, which is what everyone wants Locker to do. It's just dumb.
Originally Posted by mdb17
Exactly. He's as inconsistent as they come, a surefire bust and reach if taken at 12. Round 4+? Sure! But not 12th overall.
Originally Posted by Red-headed step-child
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