Although many evaluators, but not us at The War Room, anointed Locker as the No. 1-overall prospect, Locker's play Saturday will give NFL general managers pause. He completed only 4-of-20 passes for 71 yards with one TD and two interceptions. Locker (6-2, 232) again showed elite arm strength and athleticism against Nebraska, but his lack of accuracy throughout the game raises real concerns as to whether he is an NFL-ready QB. Teams shouldn't think about drafting a developmental guy high in the first round.
Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett, on the other hand, stepped up in a big game vs. SEC rival Georgia and led his team to the road victory with last-minute TD pass. Mallett (6-7, 266) must continue to produce at a high level to be a top-10 pick in April, but if able to play close to the level he displayed Saturday he could well challenge Stanford's Andrew Luck to be the first QB drafted. Locker certainly is more athletic than Mallett, but Mallett sure looks more ready to play in the NFL.
Oklahoma RB Demarco Murray (6-1, 216) already had proved he had the size, strength and athleticism to be a second- or third-round pick, but on Saturday against Air Force he looked like a prospect worthy of a first-round pick.Texas WR James Kirkendoll (5-11, 179) made a lot of big plays Saturday. Last season, Kirkendoll flashed the quickness, hands and run-after-catch skills and this year has become a much bigger part of the offense.
The next big-play little man in the talent pipeline? Oregon State's Jacquizz Rodgers (5-6, 183) could end up as a second-round pick if he continues producing at an elite level. More similar to Sproles than McCluster, Rodgers is a dynamic weapon as a runner and receiver and can have an impact returner on kickoff and punt returns.
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