- 2013 UCLA Pro Day: Jeff Locke, P (205) - Locke, a left-footed kicker, is a really good punter. He is every bit as good as Bryan Anger, the punter selected in the third round by the Jacksonville Jaguars in last year's draft. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
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Typically it is not a good sign when one of a team's top prospects is the punter, but after watching the Jacksonville Jaguars select another Pac-12 punter (Bryan Anger) in the third round in April, perhaps Bruins fans should be celebrating their own talented specialist rather than question what else may be missing on this roster.
To be clear, I do not anticipate Locke to earn a draft selection as high as the former Cal standout Anger was selected. Locke, however, does possess the leg strength and versatility to potentially earn a draftable grade.
Because of his leg strength, Locke was sent out to attempt some long-distance field goals for the Bruins in 2011 and flashed enough success to potentially earn more consideration in this role down the road, nailing kicks from 49 and 51 yards against the Texas Longhorns. Considering
his strong, accurate leg and the consistency he's shown over his career (44.58 career punting average ranks second in UCLA history) Locke could wind up as the top-rated punter in the 2013 draft, though as NFLDraftScout.com's rankings show, he'll have plenty of competition.
Possessing a legitimate NFL frame for the position and a booming leg, Locke certainly looks the part. He's consistently been able to flip the field for the Bruins as a punter, ranking among national leaders in net punting throughout his entire career. The leg strength is perhaps even more noticeable on kickoffs, as he has had 55 touchbacks over his career.