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Posted Sept. 14, 2010
Washington vs. Syracuse (
10 QB Jake Locker
70 C Ryan Bartholomew
1st - 14:53 - Shows mediocre agility, athleticism, range here on pull
Shows good strength and ability to anchor
1st - 7:29 - Bends at waist too much in pass pro
1st - 11:52 - Delivers strike to WR on out pattern ... exhibits strong arm here
1st - ??? - 3rd & 11 - Great job escaping pressure and getting off throw
1st - ??? - Inaccurate pass - too high to open WR
2nd - 12:39 - Shows nice arm strength on this pass
2nd - 10:13 - Accurate throw in stride of receiver on crossing route 3rd & 6 for 1st down
2nd 9:45 - Blitzed and unable to step into throw - floater to WR on fade route - incomplete ... good job getting throw off and not taking sack ... willing to take a hit here but didn't get hit
2nd - 8:22 - Smart play to throw away pass with no receivers open esp. on 1st & G
2nd - 5:34 - Comfortable throwing on run here ... smooth
3rd - 12:07 - Double slant is covered and Locker makes good decision to step up in pocket and not throw ... Shows nice awareness of line of scrimmage and avoids penalty when throwing to receiver in seam ... ball slightly behind WR / incomplete (penalty negates play)
3rd - 11:25 - (3rd and 6) receivers well covered here ... RB checkdown is covered ... Locker makes great decision to eat football and run for first down - unfortunately is tackled, but this is better than forcing a throw. Underrated play
3rd - 2:49 - (3rd & 14) Outstanding throw. Locker gets the ball just enough over the LB but not too high so WR can make a play. Clutch throw on 3rd and long ... uses eyes and pumps to freeze safety ...
4th - 6:41 - (1st & 10 on own 15) ... 5 step drop, correctly reads Cover 2 defense ... excellent throw to slot WR on skinny post ... Very good arm strength here on a rope ... touchdown pass
Summary: Excellent game from Jake Locker. He is a lot better QB when his receivers catch the football (or he is perceived as one by those who read boxscores). Locker is a VERY good decision maker, he has a strong arm, and there is simply not much you can dislike about him as a QB prospect. I finished this game after I watched Andrew Luck vs. UCLA, and no doubt in my mind that Locker is a better talent and QB prospect.
Davis is doing a very good job, for a young first year guy. The likelihood the Steelers use their 1st on Safety, with David & Mitchell locked-in as #1 & 2, is virtually zero. And, the Steelers took Leveon Bell in the 2nd Round & they aren't lookin' for a replacement anytime soon. It seems your predictions are driven more by desire to see certain guys fall to certain teams, rather than desire to actually get the predictions right. Realistically, apart from early picks at OLB or ILB, everything else would be a Depth-at-Position pick.