It is that time of the year again Broncos Country. Your top senior(and some junior) prospects will head down to Mobile Alabama this week to take part in the Senior Bowl. This will be our first real big step forward in the draft process and will showcase some of the top prospects in this years NFL Draft.
One name Broncos fans should keep an eye on is Missouri quarterback, Drew Lock.
Really excited to watch Drew Lock throw it around next week at the Senior Bowl. If he can clean up his base, some team could turn him into a solid player. pic.twitter.com/REdzWezhsC— Jordan Reid (@JReidNFL) January 14, 2019
Lock will arguably enter the Senior Bowl as the top quarterback prospect there and could potentially push Dwayne Haskins for that top spot if he performs well.
Now, why should Broncos fans pay attention to Drew Lock? Well, the Missouri quarterback has been often rumored to be a favorite of Broncos General Manager, John Elway.
Woody Paige who called the Broncos coaching decision weeks for it went down tweeted out that both John Elway and Gary Kubiak came away impressed with Lock after scouting him earlier in the football season. Kubiak is now gone, but his input and belief in Lock likely stuck with Elway along with his feelings about Lock as well.
Drew Lock at No. 10 to Broncos. Elway and Kubiak were very impressed when they saw him in November.— Woody Paige (@woodypaige) January 9, 2019
Benjamin Allbright also tweeted out that “Broncos fans should get familiar with Drew Lock”. So there is plenty of proof of some level of interest in Lock. Plenty of rumors out there saying there is a lot, but it is only January and they do have new voices in the conversation so we need to wait and see. However, the Broncos interest in players and coaches have been pretty transparent in the past so I am taking notice of this early trend.
The hiring of now former San Francisco 49ers Quarterback’s Coach Rich Scangarello also points to Lock(and others) as well. He is known for his development of quarterback’s and someone like Lock will need that to reach his ceiling. He has all the tools, but need some refining as all young quarterbacks do. Also, the Kyle Shanahan scheme he is bringing with him should fit Lock’s skill set as well. So if you’re a dot connector like I am, that’s another dot to connect in this long and winding draft process.
So Lock will be the main player I will be watching at this year’s Senior Bowl practices.
Now, Lock won’t be the only quarterback prospect there and Elway and the Broncos always put in plenty of time with every quarterback prospect throughout the process.
Duke’s Daniel Jones, like Lock, has the potential to be a top 10 quarterback in the 2019 NFL Draft and could use the Senior Bowl as a launching point for his draft stock. He was coached by Peyton Manning’s favorite coach David Cutcliffe and has the potential to be a good quarterback as well. Right now, I have him neck and neck with Lock as a prospect so it will be interesting to see how the two fair this week.
Another interesting name to watch is Buffalo’s mammoth quarterback, Tyree Jackson. If you watch any of his game clips, he looks like Paxton freaking Lynch. The same height, same build, same blue and white jersey’s, same play style and so on. It is unfair to go there right off the bat, but those trigger points are there.
I am anxious to see how he fairs at the Senior Bowl. He has all the tools but I want to see his accuracy, footwork, and mental progressions. In the end, to avoid the Lynch comp he will need to prove himself in the meetings and on the board in the meeting room.
Elway is going to go shake some tree’s for a quarterback this offseason and could one of these quarterback’s from the Senior Bowl fall out? We shall see. Their performances this week will help begin to shape things and I am anxious to see how this all plays out.