Mar 31, 2011
Baseball fans are lucky enough to see their favorite teams and players back on the field today, but those of us in the football world continue to read court briefs as we wait for April 6th. In the meantime, pro days continue and draft boards are being accordingly.
Locker nearly perfect … during his pro day at the University of Washington. The former Husky starting QB completed 38 of 40 passes, including 35 in a row, showing improvement in his accuracy, an issue that’s been heavily scrutinized after he completed just over 55% of his passes as a senior. The general consensus is that Locker has shown improvement in each of his public outings from the Senior Bowl to the combine to yesterday’s pro day. Locker has worked with former NFL QB Ken O’Brien, who has helped the prospect improve his footwork and release. In analyzing his performance, Locker felt he was “more consistent” and felt the ball came off his hand well. While the reviews were mostly positive, Locker’s draft status continues to hover between a late 1st round and early 2nd-round. Our own Greg Cosell, who is a must-follow on Twitter (@gregcosell), wrote this morning, “Right now Locker is a movement QB. Not comfortable in the pocket. Erratic accuracy. Limited pocket command. Steep learning curve.”
- The NFL extended draft invites to 20 players, including Alabama WR Julio Jones, who has already said he will be in attendance. The NFLPA will be holding alternate draft events during that week, but are doing so in a manner to avoid competing with the draft itself.
- Buccaneer CB Aqib Talib surrendered to police on Wednesday after they issued a felony warrant related to an incident that took place last week where Talib and his mother allegedly shot at a man.
- Carson Palmer put his Cincinnati-area home on the market, fueling the fire that he will retire if not traded by the Bengals. If you’re looking for a five-bedroom home with a putting green on five acres of land, this lavish mansion can be yours, if the price ($2.1 million) is right.
- In a very interesting sign of the times, the makers of the Madden video game series announced concussed players would not be allowed to return to a game in the 2012 version. In previous editions, you had the option of inserting players back into the game no matter what the injury, including concussions.