Many analysts felt Locker, not Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford, would have donned a St. Louis Rams cap last Thursday had Locker entered the 2010 draft. Before the NFL even held this year’s event, draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. was already christening Locker next year’s top pick.
“If you had to ask me right now who is going to be the No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft, I would say it’s etched in stone it’s going to be Jake Locker,” Kiper said on April 7. “You can mark that down. Jake Locker, if he’s not the No. 1 pick, it’s an upset.”