Last March, I posted a quick piece following Taylor Mays’ unofficial 4.24 40-yard dash.
The Seattle Seahawks didn’t end up drafting him last April – the San Francisco 49ers did – but that didn’t make the news any less relevant at that point. Mays was considered a top safety prospect and a potential target for the Seahawks.
Today, Jake Locker, quarterback of the University of Washington Huskies, ran a 4.39 40-yard dash. That sort of speed is impressive for any athlete, much less a quarterback.
Locker’s 40-yard dash was second fastest on the team behind cornerback Desmond Trufant (4.33), Marcus Trufant’s younger brother.
This isn’t only relevant because I’m a Husky fan; after choosing to return for his senior season, Jake Locker will be in the spotlight at Montlake. Early projections have him being one of the first quarterbacks selected in the next year’s draft – Todd McShay thought he could have been selected first overall this year had he forgone his senior season at Washington.
A lot of Seahawks fans – who happen to also support the local university – have their fingers crossed Locker will be available when Seattle picks next April.
If Locker continues to demonstrate physical prowess, however, the Seahawks won’t have a chance unless they hold the first overall selection.