By Andy Benoit
After parting ways with Brett Favre and Tarvaris Jackson, the Minnesota Vikings figure to be looking for another quarterback who either likes to stick around a year too long or tries to mask his inaccurate arm with above average athleticism. Thus, it makes perfect sense that the team is working out former University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker on Tuesday.
The news was first reported by the National Football Post. Locker is also scheduled to work out for the Titans and Seahawks.
Locker’s athleticism is unquestioned. He ran a 4.5 forty at the combine. He also registered a 35-inch vertical leap (which is 35 times higher than the average white guy’s vertical leap) and a 9-7 broad jump.
But what did he gain by staying in school for his senior season?
“I’m a lot more comfortable in a pro-style offense, where you have two backs running, a spread-out offense, under center taking snaps and taking a drop and going through progressions,” Locker said. “You look at the numbers and it may not show you that, going from my junior year to my senior year, but as a player I felt a lot more comfortable game in and game out. I feel that this transition is going to be a lot more comfortable for me because of that extra year.”