As expected, Jake Locker is acquitting himself nicely in the parts of the 2011 NFL Combine that don't require him to throw passes. The Washington quarterback ran his 40-yard dash in a swift 4.52 seconds, second among quarterbacks to Tyrod Taylor, and prompted a bit of snark and perspective on Twitter from pundits who aren't exactly convinced that Locker has proven himself worthy of a draft pick yet.
First, from Smart Football's Chris Brown:
Final thought on Locker. I like him but would he get all these extra looks at QB if he was a black QB from spread O who ran a 4.5 w/ 54%?
Remember: Pat White ran a 4.55 40-yard dash time at his NFL Combine, had a track record of success and accuracy in college behind him — and was regarded as a poor selection even before he washed out with the Dolphins.
And then there was the snark, from a faux Mel Kiper:
Jake Locker runs a 4.52 in the 40 yard dash. Perfect speed to chase down defenders that intercept his passes.
Yeah, that sounds about right.