This time last year the Tennessee Titans were looking for a veteran quarterback to play for a year or two while Chris Palmer got Jake Locker ready. Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. suggested on the radio one morning that Donovan McNabb would be the ideal guy to fill that roll. Williamson suggested that McNabb had a very similar skill set to Locker.
Evan Silva of RotoWorld went back and watched a couple of the games that Locker played in last season, and here is the conclusion he came too:
Overall, Locker's ball placement was erratic, and that led to stalled drives in the Saints game. His down-to-down accuracy was head-scratchingly shaky. Locker would look like an elite passer on one play, and Kyle Boller on the next.Obviously Locker could do a lot worse than have a career similar to McNabb's. While he was never able to win the Super Bowl, he led some really powerful offenses in Philadelphia, and those teams were always in contention.
My comparison to Locker is a young Donovan McNabb. His accuracy is an issue, but he has natural playmaking ability. The Titans' coaching staff seems to believe Locker's ball placement can improve with technical changes. But if it doesn't, can Locker's god-given skill level compensate?
With all of that being said, hopefully Locker ends up developing into a better pocket passer than McNabb did. That is what it takes to be successful in today's NFL,a nd that "god-given skill level" can only take a team so far.