INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Quarterback Jake Locker of Washington runs a passing drill during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

2011 NFL Draft: Can Jake Locker Be Third QB Off The Board?

Washington QB Jake Locker has a chance to be the third quarterback off the board in April's NFL draft. How high can he go?

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2011 NFL Draft: Can Jake Locker Be Third QB Off The Board?

Washington QB Jake Locker is trying to position himself as the third quarterback taken in the 2011 NFL draft behind QB Cam Newton and QB Blaine Gabbert. It's unclear where Locker could go but I think the highest you'll see him is on the edge of the top 10.

The Washington Redskins are selecting 10th and Mike Shanahan has been rumored to have some interest in Locker. Shanahan obviously had most of his success with QB John Elway and, while people aren't claiming Locker is the next Elway, some are wondering if Shanahan can put his magic back to work on Locker. The Redskins, though, have QB Donovan McNabb in the fold and, while they may opt to trade him if/when the labor situation is determined, it's also possible they keep decide to hang onto him and go in another direction other than quarterback.

The other team that could take a look at him is the Minnesota Vikings, who are drafting 12th. They're in desperate need of a quarterback and will almost assuredly address the position via free agency (if that ever comes) or the draft. I'm not sure Locker is a day one starter but he may have to be with the Vikings.

Locker isn't guaranteed to be the third quarterback off the board but, if he is, I could see him going as high as 10th to the Redskins or 12th to the Vikings. 

For more on Locker, check out this profile by SB Nation's UW Dawg Pound.

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Jake Locker NFL Draft Workouts Include Vikings, Seahawks, Titans

QB Jake Locker is expected to be a first round pick in the 2011 NFL draft and the former Washington Huskies QB is going through workouts with various NFL teams to prove he's worth it.

The National Football Post reports Locker will workout with the Minnesota Vikings while NFL Network reports that he's also scheduled to work out with the Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans. All three teams could use a quarterback so working Locker out is a no-brainer.

The Vikings are entering the season without QB Brett Favre and with QB Joe Webb so they'll be in the market for a quarterback when they pick 12th next April. The Seahawks may go with QB Matt Hasselbeck but they also have to find a quarterback of the future. Drafting Locker, and letting him sit for a year or two may make sense. Seattle would be the local team so I imagine fans would like this move. The Titans are moving forward with QB Vince Young so they could also be in the market for a quarterback.

At best, Locker will be the third quarterback taken behind QB Blaine Gabbert and QB Cam Newton. Both players are expected to be top 10, or near-top 10 picks in the 2011 NFL draft. 

For more, check out Jake Locker 2011 NFL draft profile and UW Dawg Pound which covers Washington Huskies football.

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Washington Huskies QB Jake Locker 2011 NFL Draft Profile

2011 NFL draft profile by John Berkowitz of SB Nation's Washington Huskies blog, UW Dawg Pound

Bio Stats: QB - Jake Locker - University of Washington - 6'3 - 230 - Senior - Ferndale, Washington

On the field: Jake is a classic dual threat quarterback. He has one of the strongest arms in the draft and he is the definition of a mobile QB. He played in a pro style offense the last two years under UW coach Steve Sarkisian which forced him to pass first and run second. 

Jake throws best when he is rolling out. His passing from the pocket and footwork needs improvement. He overthrows his receivers to much. He isn't the type of guy who can step in and start immediately for an NFL team next year but he has one of the highest upsides in the draft.

Jake has one thing that you can't coach and that is speed. He is a very dangerous player outside of the pocket.If he can put his accuracy problems behind him he could end up being pretty special.

Local story: Football is his passion but Jake was a standout baseball player in high school and was drafted by the California Angels in 2009. Jake projects as a first round type of talent as a pitcher or outfielder. He is currently under contract with the Angels and could possibly play for one their affiliates this season if there is an NFL lockout.

The Angels love his arm, speed, size, and even the way he swings the bat even though he hasn't played baseball on a regular basis since high school. The Angels hold his rights until August of 2015.

Comparable to which NFL player: The obvious guy to compare him with is former Florida QB Tim Tebow who started three games for the Denver Bronco's last season. He has also been called a bigger, taller, right handed version of Steve Young.

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