Jake Locker Is No Sam Bradford
To anyone wondering, I say this: Jake Locker is no Sam Bradford.
Below are Locker's career stats at Washington, and Bradford's stats at Oklahoma through January of 2009, when he made the decision to stay in school.
Locker: 435-of-816 (53.3%), 5,374 yards, 36 touchdowns, 26 interceptions
Bradford: 565-of-824 (68.6%), 7,841 yards, 86 touchdowns, 16 interceptions
I realize it's extremely difficult to compare passing stats of college quarterbacks, because they play in different offenses against different competition. But come on. Locker's college career hasn't even been close to what Bradford had accomplished when he decided not to enter the 2009 draft. Bradford has a completion rate 15 percentage points higher, 50 more touchdowns and 2,500 more yards. Locker has 10 more interceptions.
I say this not to bash Locker, but simply to point out that he's nowhere near the sure high draft pick that some had portrayed him as. Toddy McShay of ESPN pegged Locker as a possible No. 1 overall pick, but Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported that Locker didn't even get a first-round grade from the NFL's draft advisory board. We'll never know for sure where Locker would have gone in the 2010 draft, but I'd wager that nearly every NFL team would have had Bradford higher than Locker on its draft board.