The Titans made the move to select Jake Locker 8th overall in the 2011 NFL Draft. When a franchise makes a move like this, you don’t sit him for a year and tell the fans about potential. You show us.
What advantages do the Titans have in starting Locker his rookie season?
The first advantage to Locker starting his rookie season is that he is a natural fit for this team. Think about it? The most athletic quarterback in the last 5 drafts or so goes to the team with a 2,000 yard rusher. This is a dream fit.
Another advantage is his youth. No, I’m not picking at Kerry Collins, I’m just simply stating that Locker will be able to grow up with the rest of this team. Locker is 23, Britt is 22, and Chris Johnson is 25. The youth here create a trifecta that can own the AFC South for many seasons, they just need to develop together. Why delay that? Growing Locker with Kenny Britt resembles the way Peyton Manning had Marvin Harrison to lean upon like a crutch during those clutch growing years.
Locker’s durability and toughness will provide many escape routes when plays break down for him. This doesn’t mean the receivers can’t get open or that the offensive line can’t block but merely that rookie QB’s do not always see the field and when Locker has a “rookie moment” and doesn’t see the field, he can run and run well. Better than Forrest Gump, I’d say.
Speaking of running ability, Jake Locker’s ability to run can only open the playbook more. When you have a statue quarterback like Kerry Collins or a quarterback that doesn’t run as often as he should like Vince Young then the running aspect from the quarterback position nearly becomes useless. Enter rookie QB Jake Locker. Locker opens this avenue in a way they haven’t had and really adds a dimension that defenses have to panic about in order to protect.