Whatever blows your hair back, Mel, as long as "whatever" is Jimmy Clausen or Jake Locker.
In assessing Husky quarterback Jake Locker's 2011 NFL draft fortunes in today's Seattle Times, Bob Condotta writes: "If Mel Kiper Jr., knows what he's talking about, there's little for Locker to worry about, anyway. The well-coiffed ESPN analyst said recently that it's 'etched in stone' that Locker will be the first pick of the 2011 draft."
Which begs the question: Does Mel Kiper Jr. know what he's talking about? If his predictions concerning quarterbacks Kiper and his cement hair felt should have gone in yesterday's first round are any indication, the answer is a resounding "no."
Kiper had Jimmy Clausen going fourth in yesterday's draft. So high on Clausen was Kiper that he had the Notre Dame quarterback going ahead of Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford. Well, not only did Clausen not go fourth, the entire first round passed without his being selected among the top 32 picks. And Bradford was the first player selected in the entire draft, by St. Louis.
Back in October, when it was uncertain whether Locker would return for his senior season at UW, Kiper predicted that, were he to enter the NFL early, his 2010 draft position would be ... fourth. Since then, Kiper's lapped up the Locker legend to the point where he no longer has to purchase hair gel, opting instead for the Something About Mary method.
But at the end of the day, we agree with Condotta: Barring catastrophic injury or heinous crime, Locker is all but assured to be a high first-round pick in the 2011 draft. The only thing he should worry about is the overzealous prophet currently driving his bandwagon. We'd hate to see it driven off a cliff, for in the valley lies the likes of Clausen.