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Titans Take Locker as Their QB of the Future with the 8th Overall Pick

The Titans have eyed QB’s all offseason with knowing that Vince Young wouldn’t be back, and Thursday night they invested in their future with the selection of Washington QB Jake Locker with the 8th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Here’s our Scouting Report on Locker:

Strengths: Has the ideal measurables and playing demeanor for a professional quarterback; looks the part. Very strong armed and can make all the NFL throws. Shows that he can throw the football 45 yards off his back foot and puts enough zip on throws to fit passes in small coverage windows at every layer of the field. Very effective on the move, squares shoulders and is accurate on the short, intermediate, and deep.

Shows good command of his huddle and plays with confidence even when his team is down. Has good touch & timing on his intermediate throws as he develops a rythm. Very good zip on intermediate routes inside and outside the numbers. Shows over the top release point on throws and has a quick enough release. Athleticism is very good for a quarterback and is said to be able to run a 4.4 40 yard dash. Picks up speed as he runs and can blow by linebackers who fall asleep on Locker’s running ability. High character player who is loved and respected by coaches and teammates. Shows natural leadership skills.

Needs Improvement: Still isn’t comfortable making plays inside the pocket. Doesn’t always see the entire field and can be slow to locate the open receiver after his first read. Mechanics are still a work in progress and will throw off back foot when pressure builds around him. Accuracy seems to be a consistent problem as he tends to lead his receiver too far or throw behind them on too many occasions.

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Matt’s Take: Somewhat of a shock, Locker is the guy that the Titans wanted, and as Chris Mortensen said “he’s the anti-Vince Young.” In other words, he did everything he had to do, and he’s a winner. Can he do that in the NFL? Maybe. He’s not the 8th best player of the draft, that’s a for sure, but at the same time, the Titans needed a QB, and he’s a guy that is going to give his all, and it would be a shock if he’s not the starter by halfway through the 2011 season.

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