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Saturday, February 26, 2011
Combine'11: Three questions with Locker

By Kevin Seifert

INDIANAPOLIS -- The first two days of the NFL scouting combine has offered an overwhelming amount of NFC North access, forcing our player interviews to the backburner. So when able, I'll sprinkle in three questions and answers with some of the players who have relevance to our teams.

First up is Washington quarterback Jake Locker, who could well be available to the Minnesota Vikings at No. 12 overall. Locker was projected as a possible No. 1 overall pick in 2010 before deciding to return to school for a final season that ultimately appears to have hurt his draft stock.

On what he might have gained from staying in school:

Jake Locker: As a player and as a person, I'm a lot more prepared for this process. Doing things like [interviews], going through this process and being comfortable going through it. I don't think I would have been as prepared for it last year -- to be able to go out and go through the workouts and have confidence in what I was doing personally. I feel a lot better after having another year playing with the coaches that I did and the system that I did. I'm very thankful for that.

On an NFL quarterback he models himself after:

JL: I enjoy watching Aaron Rodgers play. I think he's a very talented quarterback, who also has the ability to kind of extend plays with his feet. He's very good moving and making throws on the run, and is a good guy. A guy that plays hard, has a passion for the game that is undeniable in my opinion, and I respect that.

On his biggest strength and weakness:

JL: I think that to be able to bring good character into a locker room. Somebody that guys can trust and believe in. And then I also believe that I also have the opportunity to kind of improvise, create with my legs and extend plays, give guys the opportunity to work downfield. One thing -- it's no secret, I don't think to anybody -- moving in the pocket and throwing in the pocket is something that I'm working on and will continue to work on.