Senior Bowl report: Players who helped, hurt themselves at practice
With three days of intense practice at the 2011 Senior Bowl concluded (see our
His timing was outstanding as Kaepernick had the ball in receivers hands the moment they left their breaks. He was able to get the ball through the tight spots with regularity. He still needs a bit of work on his delivery, which will only improve his downfield accuracy, yet vaulted himself to the top of the list of senior quarterbacks. Expect Kaepernick to be drafted in the early part of the second round.
He rarely receives the media recognition of his Iowa teammate Adrian Clayborn, yet Ballard's play left scouts thinking he's at least equal in ability. Ballard secured a spot in round one with his play.
Locker has the athleticism and arm strength to start at the next level, yet his mechanics and accuracy leave a lot to be desired. His erratic point of release resulted in passes that sprayed about the field. More often than not Locker had receivers leaving their feet in an attempt to grab passes that were sailing over their heads, or reaching backwards trying to catch balls that were late arriving.
Many debated whether or not Locker was first-round material once the season ended. The conversation now moves to his ability to remain in the draft's top 45 selections after Senior Bowl practices.