I am aware of all of the negatives surrounding Jake Locker. I know that he had accuracy issues in college, but let's give him a chance. It is obvious that he was the Titans guy, and they had to really, really like him in order to pass on a guy like Nick Fairley to take him. There is no reason to write him off yet.
Let's trust Mike Reinfeldt because we have no reason not too. He put together a great draft class last season, in what I think was the first year he really got to make any decisions, that came in and paid immediate dividends.
I have been saying for weeks now that you should take your guy at quarterback no matter what the value is. Sure it would have been nice for the Titans to be able to trade back and get more picks and still get him, but there is no guarantee that he would have been there later. There were a lot of rumors that the Redskins were interested in him at 10, and you saw the run that took place with the Jaguars trading up to take Blaine Gabbert and the Vikings taking Christian Ponder at 12. The Titans couldn't risk trading down and not getting him.
Let's give the guy a chance. The thing that you keep hearing about him is that he willing to put in the work it takes to be a franchise quarterback. Chris Mortensen called him the anti-Vince Young. That is what the Titans wanted. Here is what Locker had to say after being drafted by the Titans:
"I knew I had put myself in a good position leading up to the draft," Locker said. "I feel really good that I ended up in this situation (in Tennessee) and I'm really looking forward to it."
I am excited to see what he can do.
If nothing else, you don't have to throw away your #10 jersey. You can just replace the name on the back.