One of the 2011 NFL draft surprises was seeing QB Jake Locker go off the board before QB Blaine Gabbert. The Tennessee Titans used the eighth overall pick on Locker which was somewhat surprising. We figured the Titans had a shot at selecting a quarterback with the eighth pick but I figured if Gabbert was still on the board, he'd be their guy.
Locker says he visited with the Titans but didn't realize there was enough interest to select him with a top 10 pick.
"When I got the call. No. I had gone through a lot of the portion of this process with them from the Senior Bowl to the Combine, to a personal workout and then a visit out here. I knew there was some interest. I just didn't know there was enough to take me with that number eight pick."
Locker wasn't the only one surprised as we spent the last few months saying Gabbert and QB Cam Newton were the two best quarterbacks on the board and likely the first two drafted. Gabbert lasted only two more picks before the Jacksonville Jaguars traded up to select him.
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