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Locker wise to go all-in at Combine

Posted on: February 15, 2011 3:05 pm

Jake Locker has made a wise decision to participate in all the drills at the Scouting Combine next week. He's coming off a disappointing senior season and a very uneven week at the Senior Bowl.

Locker has built a reputation as a fierce competitor who won't back down from any opportunity to show off his skills. Everyone expects Locker to impress during his team interviews in Indy - his personality has always been his strongsuit. Remember, this is a kid who turned down a likely Top 10 selection last year to return to the Huskies.

And with Cam Newton unlikely to participate in the positional drills, it's an opportunity for Locker to stand out among the few top-level quarterbacks who will throw in Indy. It has become too commonplace for quarterbacks to bow out of the positional drills - even Dan LeFevour opted not to throw last year - and it turns off personnel men who are all huddled at the end of February in ice cold Indianapolis to see all the prospects under one roof.

Locker continues to provide a fresh alternative to the typical NFL Draft prospect. He's not risking a lot by throwing in Indy - most teams are already wary of his innaccuracy and will look at potentially using a first-round pick on him based mostly on potential. And a good showing at the Combine could vault Locker ahead of some of the other QBs he's fighting with for a spot in the top 32.

--Derek Harper

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