Since JordansDad decided to take Locker with the 15th pick to the Miami Dolphins (which I don't think will happen), my write-up is useless...unless I post it anyways, so I didn't waste time writing the thing. So here's the "What could've been" version of the 25th pick in the first round of the TST NFL mock draft.
Seattle Seahawks select: Jacob Cooper Locker, QB, University of Washington.
This was actually an easy pick for me, here's why:
Locker was born and raised in the state of Washington; he attended the University of Washington. Having another kid raised in a Seattle team’s back yard, with such upside, Seahawks cannot pass on Locker (see Lincecum, Tim.) It was said, prior to last season’s NFL draft, that Locker was either the second best in the draft (our own Sam Bradford), or perhaps even better. Like Bradford a year before, and as Andrew Luck has done this year, Locker stayed for his senior season. In that final season, Locker led the Huskies to a disappointing 7-6 record (including a 2OT win vs. my OSU Beavers…I have my own opinion on that game…) however, he capped it with a surprising Holiday Bowl win against a higher ranked Nebraska.
One thing that has been said is that Jake needs to have a year under a veteran QB, which the Seahawks (probably) will have in Matt Hasselbeck. Pete Carrol has stated that re-signing of Hasselbeck is their number one offseason priority. A veteran QB will help Locker mature into a quality NFL started for the future.
This pick will sit very well with the Seattle fan base, some of my friends that are UW fans, have been drooling over Jake for a couple years. With Locker falling so far down the draft board in a year, if he's there at 25, consider him a Seahawk.