The Huh? Locker Lard 3-16-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! According to Jason La Canfora, the Broncos are one of several teams expected to hold a private workout with Huskies QB Jake Locker. This one is a head-scratcher; if it's just a smokescreen to confuse other teams with regard to Denver's draft strategy, isn't it a bit of a waste of time? If there's genuine interest, then I can only ask why? Locker only complete 53.9 percent of his passes in college, with an unimpressive 4.6% TD rate, 6.2 adjusted yards per attempt and a 119 QB rating (an otherwordly number in NFL terms but not that special relative to college play). By comparison, Tim Tebow had a 66.4% completion rate at Florida to go along with a TD rate of 8.8%, 10.4 adjusted yards per attempt and a 170.8 QB rating. Of course, stats don't tell the whole story about a QB, especially a college one - scheme, competition level, surrounding talent and that pesky intangibles thing all factor in; but all great NFL QBs completed passes more frequently and for more yardage in college than did Jake Locker...

Broncos


Mason and Williamson cover the possibilities of Denver's decision to work Locker out.

Locker recently visited NFLN - here are some of his quotes.

In talking pro days, Legwold says the Broncos have been been paying particular attention to some offensive guards and figure to focus on RB Mikel Leshoure and DT Corey Liuget at Illinois' workout.

Portland St. TE Julius Thomas says he'll be working out for the Broncos today.

In considering veteran QBs who may hit the trade market, Pat Kirwan thinks Denver's potential price for Kyle Orton could be a 3rd-rounder now and a 5th-rounder next year. Kirwan also wonders if the Broncos would be interested in signing Matt Hasselbeck or Marc Bulger.

CBA


Adrian Peterson equated the NFL to slavery, which naturally didn't sit too well with his fellow players.

Jack Bechta is already experiencing some strange stuff during the lockout.

Matt Bowen doesn't like the NFLPA's attempt to dissuade prospects from attending the draft.

The legal experts Judy Battista consulted don't seem to think the owners stand much of a chance in court.

Trimmings


The NFLPA may be coming up with an alternative draft event where team members greet new draftees.

Two new pieces of legislation aimed at protecting youth players from head injuries will reach Congress today.

The Redskins have made the Washington Post change the name of their blog covering the team. Stay classy, Snyder.

Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski already has two more fights lined up.

Several former NFL and college players are now opera singers.

A survey found that Americans think PEDs are the biggest problem in sports today.

Nate Dunleavy says the Colts' secondary is their biggest area of need. Why? Defending the pass well is how teams win championships, of course.

Here's what has caught Chris Brown's eye recently.

PK responds to emails. I'm sorry, but the relationship between players and the NFL has no parallel to workers in other fields...

Walter Football offers up a March power ranking; he thinks the Chiefs are a fraud and will experience a 2011 like Denver's 2010 (we can only hope) and tries to figure out what John Elway may have against Tim Tebow (lame).

Mockery


Wes Bunting wonders if the Panthers are thinking of trading down from #1 to take Ryan Mallett.

Rob Rang has had plenty of success at predicting lower round draft values; here are his picks for this year.

Greg Gabriel sees plenty to be concerned about regarding Cam Newton's character.

Florida held their pro day yesterday. Plus, Gil Brandt on the pro days at Montana and Purdue.

Bowen goes to the film on Mark Ingram.

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