By Tom E. Curran
Jake Locker-to-the-Patriots is gaining steam. The best quarterback prospect in the country in 2009, who went back to school in 2010 and cost himself, oh, 35 million or so, is reportedly in Foxboro this week to visit with the Patriots. ESPN first reported, and we've confirmed, that the former Washington Husky is in Foxboro this week showcasing his abilities for the Patriots as they contemplate the A.B. Era (After Brady). Wes Bunting at the National Football Postcurrently has Locker going to the Patriots with the 28th overall pick. That could be high given the Patriots' other pressing needsBut Locker is an interesting case, as an ESPN the Magazine piece by Seth Wickersham shows. Twice drafted as a Major League Baseball prospect, he eschewed the draft in 2010 and chose to return to Washington. The Huskies struggled and Locker regressed running head coach Steve Sarkisian's offense in his second year at the controls. Accuracy and a tendency to bolt the pocket with his 4.5 speed are said to be the biggest issues. That development cost Locker millions because the first overall quarterback pick, Sam Bradford, signed a deal with nearly 50 million in guaranteed money. Last quarterback taken by the Patriots? Kevin O'Connell.