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Locker's Pro Day is right on target

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  • March 30, 2011 - 5:45 PM
Accuracy is what NFL scouts wanted to see from Jake Locker at his Pro Day on Wednesday and accuracy is what they got.
 
Of course, there was no pass rush or defensive backs to cause problems for the quarterback as he went through his workout at the University of Washington's indoor practice facility. Locker, who completed 55.4 percent of his passes last season as a senior, hit on all but two of the 40 some throws he made to a trio of former teammates that included wide receiver D'Andre Goodwin.
 
Doug Nussmeier, the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Washington, conducted the scripted workout. Locker did not take part in many of the other drills Wednesday, allowing his numbers at the NFL Scouting Combine in February to hold up.
 
Watching on ESPN3.com, the only representative from the Vikings I saw was area scout Kevin McCabe, who handles the Western region of the county for the team. Scott Studwell, the Vikings' director of college scouting, had been at the UCLA Pro Day on Tuesday, but it's possible that he joined other club officials today in Auburn, Ala., as the Vikings reportedly were supposed to hold a private workout with quarterback Cam Newton.
 
Keep in mind, the Vikings reportedly conducted a private workout with Locker on March 15, so the team probably did not feel it was important to have a full contingent at Washington. The Vikings approached Newton's Pro Day the same way, knowing they would get an up close look at him later.
 
By my count, Locker started 34-for-34 before missing on a deep pass to Goodwin. Both of Locker's incompletions were deep throws intended for Goodwin. In each case, the ball traveled about 55 to 60 yards before falling to the turf.
 
Asked what he felt like he did in terms of showing his accuracy, Locker told ESPN3.com: "I thought that I proved that I can. Those are a lot of the routes that I think I'll be asked to throw at the next level and I felt confident throwing them."
 
How much stock should anyone put in a Pro Day? As mentioned, the quarterback is throwing against air and with no defense. That alone makes it difficult for me to say that this is really representative of actual football work.
 
Brock Huard, the former Huskies quarterback, was doing analysis for ESPN3 and said Locker's performance was, "as good as I've seen him ever throw," adding Locker, "looks really, really confident and comfortable."
 
Locker has been working with former NFL quarterback Ken O'Brien to get ready for the draft and said the process has helped him because it's not focused on game plans and playing within a system. Instead, it concentrates on the fundamentals of being a quarterback and a passer.
 
"You're able to do repetitive drops and get that muscle memory to where that you don't think about it and you're just doing it," he said. "I think the same thing with the throwing motion. This process has really allowed me to focus on me as a passer, rather than me as a quarterback within the system. I think it has benefitted me a lot."
 

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