Height: 6-3 Weight: 223
Season: 4th College: Washington
Strengths: Scouts love Locker’s size, his big arm and his mechanics. He is a gifted athlete, having been a two-time Major League Baseball draft choice. Locker can run, having clocked a 4.59 at the 2011 combine. He has a career 6.5 yards-per-carry average on 79 carries. Locker has become a team leader, having twice been voted a captain.
Weaknesses: Locker hasn’t been able to stay healthy. He’s missed 14 games the past two years with foot, hip and shoulder injuries. He has only 19 starts in his four seasons. The Titans haven’t helped him by changing offensive coordinators and quarterbacks coaches three times. He has struggled with his accuracy, with a 57.7 career completion percentage. Locker, in the final year of his contract, is in a make-or-break season in Tennessee.
Last game: He completed 22 of 33 passes for 266 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in a 26-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Who has to stop him? The Cowboys had only 34 sacks last season. They sacked Colin Kaepernick once Sunday — on a blitz by strongside linebacker Bruce Carter. They had eight pressures, led by Jeremy Mincey’s three. The Cowboys, who allowed an NFL-record four quarterbacks to throw for 400 yards against them last season, allowed only 192 passing yards against the 49ers.
Notable: Locker was the eighth overall pick in 2011. … He has three career 300-yard games. … Locker was 7 for 11 on third down last week, converting six of the completions for first downs. The only completion he did not convert into a first down was a third-and-19 in the first quarter.