Monday, 14 December 2009
Jake Locker will not declare
It's been announced today that Jake Locker (QB, Washington) won't be declaring for the 2010 draft and will return to the Huskies next year. This could set a precedent - it's been widely expected that a large proportion of underclassmen would declare fearing a new CBA and possible rookie cap. Locker clearly hasn't been put off by that or injuries to Sam Bradford and Jermaine Gresham. You have to wonder if we'll see similar decisions from prospects like Ryan Mallett and Andre Davis, but I'd expect the likes of Gerald McCoy, Eric Berry and Derrick Morgan to enter the draft.
Locker will head into the new college season a hot tip to be the first overall pick in the 2011 draft. He's made a big decision today to try and refine his skills in a pro-style offense, whilst also helping the Huskies in their recovery under Steve Sarkisian. It's always admirable to see a young prospect return to try and better themselves ahead of the big pay day - but it's not necessarily always the wisest choice financially. It's a year to get more polished, but it's also a year for scouts to pick apart every little issue they can find.
Posted by Rob Staton