Q&A: Jake Locker
Posted by Danny O'Neil
Q: Are you getting more used to the process, specifically having all these eyes on you?
Locker: Yeah. To be honest, I like you guys, but I didn't care that you guys were out there watching. It was a workout to come out and prove what we can all do out here, and I felt across the board, I was really proud of everybody. They did a great job and showed well for our school.
Q: Jake, what are you doing to spin the ball better? It looks like you're spinning the ball better coming off your hand?
Locker: Just focusing on fluidity and the drop. I'm getting my feet in the right spot. One thing I worked with Ken O'Brien was just bringing the hand over the top as quick as I could rather than dragging my hand. I have a tendency to do that sometimes. When I'm bringing my hand over the top, and really point that finger at my target, I've been spinning the ball a lot better, and it has been coming off my hand a lot better.
Q: Do you put your finger at a different spot now than you did before?
Locker: No, same spot. Just kind of I guess letting the wrist go a little bit.
Q: Are you about ready for this process to be over?
Locker: It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And I think having the opportunity to go through it is something I've dreamed about since I was a little kid. I'm going to make the most of it. There's a month left, and I'm going to do everything I can to help myself and enjoy it.
Q: What kind of stuff will you be doing in the next month?
Locker: Just continue to work on this. Go to the two visits or if I maybe have the opportunity to get in front of a staff, make the most of it and show them that you understand this game and what it takes to play this game.
Q: What is your schedule going forward, do you know?
Locker: A couple of workouts the next couple days and then off for a little bit, and then I'm going on a few visits.
Q: Where do you plan to be for the draft itself?
Locker: I'm going to be at home.
Q: Were you one of those kids that one day dreamt about being drafted? Was that something you grew up dreaming about?
Locker: Yeah. Every year since it has been on TV, I've watched it, and guessed who I think is going to be picked in this spot. So to be able to have an opportunity to be a part of it now is a special thing and something that I'm going to enjoy.
Q: Were you contacted by the league by coming to New York?
Locker: Yes, sir.
Q: You just decided not to?
Locker: It's an honor, and I appreciate the invite, but for me, I want to be with the people that have been with me my whole life and helped me get to this point. I want to share that experience with them, and not all of them would be able to come to New York with me. So for me, it makes more sense to be at home where I grew up and where this all started.
Q: Of the three showcase events you've had -- the Senior Bowl, the scouting combine and now here -- do you feel this was the best you have thrown?
Locker: Yeah, definitely. Each one I was able to improve upon on the last. And that's how I felt today. I felt like I was able to improve on my combine performance and be a little more consistent and a little more fluid. I was very happy with what I did today.
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