Jake Locker impresses at his pro day

Seventeen NFL teams were represented at Washington’s pro day Wednesday, a group that included Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider (see the end of this post for the full list of teams on hand).

While there were several UW players working out, including LB Mason Foster, who figures to be a mid-round pick, the main attraction was obviously Jake Locker, and the senior quarterback had an impressive workout. Now granted, it certainly is worth mentioning that these workouts involve throwing against, well, air, and that there is no pass rush, but Locker still helped himself in a controlled environment by showing improved accuracy as he completed 38 of 40 passes with the two misses coming on deep passes that were just out of the reach of UW receiver D’Andre Goodwin. A few of those completions were the result of Locker’s receivers helping him out on slightly inaccurate throws, but for the most part he was on the money.

“I felt like it went well,” he said. “I felt like I threw as well as I could today. . . It was better, it was more consistent. There were a few throws in the combine that I didn’t like that I would have liked to do again, and today I felt like every ball came off my hand good, I felt confident, and it went where I wanted it to.”

Rob Rang, a senior draft analyst for CBSSports.com, said Locker helped himself with Wednesday’s workout.

“I think he helped himself considerably,” Rang said. “It’s not so much the one pro day, it’s the fact that he has shown significant improvement in every step of the process. From being here at the University of Washington, to the Senior Bowl, to the combine, to the pro day, you’re seeing the steps and improvement, and that’s the evidence teams are looking for to think that he could be the face of a franchise, a starting quarterback of the NFL. Throughout his career, it was up and down, and you can see he’s making progress. That’s what’s exciting about the fact that he was as successful as he was today.”

Locker also mentioned that he’ll watch the NFL draft at home in Ferndale with family and friends. Locker said he was invited to New York, but that he’d rather spend the day with the people that helped get him to this point.

Here is the full list of NFL teams in attendance:
Atlanta Falcons
Baltimore Ravens
Buffalo Bills
Carolina Panthers
Cleveland Browns
Detroit Lions
Indianapolis Colts
Jacksonville Jaguars
Minnesota Vikings
New England Patriots
New Orleans Saints
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers
San Diego Chargers
Seattle Seahawks
Tennessee Titans

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