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Jake Locker’s Pro Day criticized for being “too easy”

2011 NFL Scouting Combine - Day 2

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Quarterback Jake Locker of Washington runs a passing drill during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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Washington quarterback Jake Locker drew initial praise for an accurate showing at his Wednesday Pro Day. But draft analysts have since conversed with scouts and personnel people, and there is growing skepticism about how much the Pro Day workout really showed.

“If you’re going on a ten scale, the degree of difficulty was probably a three or four,” observed ESPN director of college scouting Todd McShay on Wednesday morning’s edition of SportsCenter. McShay said he’s spoken to two NFL scouts who feel the same.

NFL Network’s Charley Casserly and Michael Lombardi expressed a similar sentiment on Wednesday night’s Path to the Draft program.

“Mostly short throws, over the middle,” is how Casserly described the workout. “If you’re a senior in high school, you’d better have an A-plus in this workout.”

Lombardi was on site for the Pro Day, and noticed “not a lot of decision makers in attendance.” He suggested this means either teams are relying on private workouts to really evaluate Locker, or that Locker is simply “not high on a lot of draft boards.”

Lombardi said Locker’s workout only included two deep-ball tries, “which were both incomplete.”