With the 31st Pick, the Indianapolis Colts Take … Jake Locker

Tired of the glut of pre-draft stories?

Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports has some fun with his Ultimate Mock Draft VI. Current NFL players are eligible for his creative draft.

For instance, the St. Louis Rams, with the first pick, take … quarterback Peyton Manning.

Silver has the Detroit Lions tabbing QB Tom Brady with the second pick and cornerback Darrelle Revis going to Tampa Bay with the third pick.

So, you get the idea of how this works.

I found it interesting that Silver has the Indianapolis Colts using the 31st pick on Washington QB Jake Locker. Silver wrote:

“If you’re one of those people who’s dismissive of Pac-10 football and hasn’t seen the Washington senior-to-be play, you have no idea why I’m putting him in this draft. But a year from now – trust me – you will. For one thing, he makes Tim Tebow look like a dude in concrete cleats, and he’s playing for a coach who’ll actually prepare him to run a pro-style offense. Bill Polian knows what I mean, and besides, the Rams stole his franchise quarterback 30 picks ago.”

Some think Locker would have been the top quarterback available this year if he’d opted make himself eligible for the draft following his junior year. When all of the so-called draft experts were touting Locker, they were also knocking the other quarterbacks available this year.

Here’s what they were saying about Sam Bradford in November::  Too many questions, including arm strength, durability and an ability to transition into a pro-style offense. Now most people are projecting the Rams to make him  the No. 1 overall pick. He’s been compared to former Dallas star Troy Aikman.

Here’s what they were saying about Jimmy Clausen: Outside of Locker, most agreed he had the biggest upside because the system at Notre Dame prepared him for the NFL. But they questioned his leadership and poor decision making at times. Now, he’s suddenly the Browns’ QB of the future. A lot of people think Mike Holmgren’s going to use the No. 7 overall pick on Clausen. And the Bills, who pick at No. 9, are reportedly interested in Clausen, too.

Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy are the other big-name quarterbacks available. Neither has ever been projected to be a first-round pick. Tebow’s likely to last until the third round, maybe longer, and McCoy is projected to go in fourth round, if you want to gamble on a Kyle Orton-type player.

Depending on what you’re reading, Tony Pike, a 6-foot-6 gunslinger from Cincinnati, projects higher than Tebow and McCoy.

As for Locker, he’d look pretty good in a Seahawks uniform.With all of the holes the Seahawks have right now, it seems possible that the Pete Carroll’s Hawks might be in a position to have that No. 1 overall pick in 2011.

The Seahawks needs? Let’s start with the offensive line, then there’s wide receiver, running back, safety, defensive line. If they keep their picks (No. 6 and No. 14 overall), I say they pick offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga from Iowa and Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant. Remember, this is clearly an uneducated guess.

You want an educated guess? Check out Eric Williams’ Mock Draft here. E-Dub’s a former Sun Staffer who covers the Seahawk for the Tacoma News Tribune.

A couple more links on Locker:

His Heisman campaign is about to begin, writes Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.

The Seattle P-I wonders if Locker can win the Heisman.

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