SI’s Peter King fears Jake Locker will be a bust

Apr 5, 2011, 2:22 PM | Updated: 2:39 pm

AP0712100767By Brady Henderson

When Redskins coach Mike Shanahan was asked at the NFL scouting combine in February about Jake Locker, he said the ex-Husky reminds him of former Pro Bowl quarterback Jake Plummer.

Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, who joined Brock & Salk on Tuesday, offered a less flattering comparison.

“I’m worried that he’s Kyle Boller,” King said.

Boller was the 19th overall pick in 2003 despite completing just 47.8 percent of his passes in four years at Cal. He’s played for three NFL teams in nine seasons and has a career 56.7 percent completion rate.

King lauded Locker’s willingness to play through broken ribs last season but said similar accuracy concerns are too great to ignore.

“I have great respect for a guy who understands that the only chance his team has to win is by him playing even though he’s in pain and he’s hurting himself and he’s hurting his pro future by doing it,” King said, “which obviously he did this year by playing with broken ribs.

“But on the other hand, the stats are the stats. The guy in four years of college football completed 54 percent of his passes. That stinks. And if I’m a team looking at him, I’ve got to say, ‘It’s not just because he played a few games with broken ribs. He’s just not an accurate enough passer.'”

You can listen to Brock & Salk’s conversation with Peter King here.

You might also be interested in…

    • Brock & Salk: Is Mallett or Locker a better option for the Seahawks?

    • Rob Rang has Seahawks taking DT in first round


Brock and Salk podcast

Brock and Salk

Mariners Carlos Santana Jesse Winker...
Brent Stecker

3 Things: Mariners GM Dipoto’s insight on Winker, Kelenic, Santana

Jerry Dipoto talked about Mariners LF Jesse Winker's struggles, the return of Jarred Kelenic, and the impact of Carlos Santana.
3 days ago
Mariners Ty France...
Brent Stecker

Mariners’ Dipoto shares his thoughts on skid, slumping offense

On Thursday's Jerry Dipoto Show, the Mariners GM broke down the issues that Seattle's struggling offense is dealing with.
4 days ago
UW Huskies Michael Penix Jr...
Brandon Gustafson

Huard: How UW Huskies QB Penix can be NFL Draft pick in first 3 rounds

New UW Huskies QB Michael Penix Jr. has impressed, and Brock Huard thinks he could be on NFL teams' radars for the NFL Draft.
4 days ago
Seahawks defense...
Brandon Gustafson

K.J. Wright: Is Seahawks’ defense being as aggressive as advertised?

The Seahawks were expected to be aggressive with their new defense in 2022. K.J. Wright discusses whether that aggression is occurring.
4 days ago
Seahawks Broncos Russell Wilson...
Mike Salk

Salk: Rooting against Russell Wilson, Broncos easy for Seahawks fans — and fun

Every time the Broncos lose this season helps the Seahawks, so it’s easy to root against them. But that's just one reason to root against them, writes Mike Salk.
5 days ago
Mariners France Suárez...
Brent Stecker

Banged-up Mariners have 4 big question marks at crucial time

The Mariners are suddenly dealing with a myriad of lineup problems, mostly due to injury. Brock and Salk discuss the biggest question marks.
7 days ago
SI’s Peter King fears Jake Locker will be a bust