One prospect who may interest the Denver Broncos with their 10th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft is former Missouri quarterback. Drew Lock. He is a 6’4” 228 pound quarterback who is considered one of the top quarterbacks in the entire draft. Lock is ranked as the third-best quarterback prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft and is ranked as the 54th overall prospect according to The Draft Network.
Imo if you run a vertical-based passing attack with lots of downfield concepts and aggressive throws, you should absolutely be drafting Drew Lock ahead of Dwayne Haskins— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) March 15, 2019
Lock played four seasons at Missouri and was a four-year starter for them during his college career there and he improved each and every season while there. During his four-year career at Missouri, Lock totaled 12,193 yards passing, 99 touchdowns and 39 interceptions. He completed 56.9% of his passes and also rushed for 437 career yards and total 9 career rushing touchdowns. This past season for Missouri, Lock totaled 3,498 yards passing, 28 touchdowns, 8 interceptions and completed 62.9% of his passes. A pretty solid senior season for the potential first-round pick.
Some of the accolades Lock has earned throughout his college career include(Via: Missouri’s player profile on Lock)
- 2018 Team Bob Jeffries Kansas City Metro Player of the Year
- 2018 Team Captain
- 2018 Preseason All-SEC First Team (Media)
- 2018 Maxwell Award Preseason Watch List
- 2018 Davey O’Brien Award Preseason Watch List
- SEC/Mizzou Single-Season Record Holder for Passing TDs (44 in 2017)
- Nation’s Leader in TD Passes (44 in 2017)
- Mizzou Single-Season Passing Efficiency Record Holder (165.67 in 2017)
- 2017 SEC Leader in Passing Efficiency, Passing Yards, Total Offense, Passing Yards per Game, Passing Yards per Completion (led nation), Points Responsible for
- 2017 First-Team All-SEC (AP, Coaches)
- 2017 Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week (9/3/17)
- 2017 SEC Offensive Player of the Week (9/5/17; 11/27/17)
- 2017 Team Captain
- 2016 Team Captain
Quarterback, Senior, Missouri
Height: 6’4” Weight: 228 lbs 40 time: 4.69 seconds
Arm Length: 32 1/2” Hands: 9”
Vertical Jump: 31” Broad Jump: 112.0 inches 3-Cone Drill: 7:03 seconds
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.12 seconds
- Prototypical size you look for in a quarterback
- Four-year starter at Missouri and improved each year despite having new OC’s each year
- Noted for his intelligence and ability to learn the playbook
- Arm strength is evident he makes it look easy
- Quick release
- Plus athleticism and has a basketball background
- Has all the tools you look for
- Flashes high-end potential
- Good deep ball accuracy
- Gunslinger mentality
- Has good pocket awareness to avoid sacks
- Had a strong second half to his senior season
- Comp % would be better if it weren’t for drops
- An excellent scheme fit for the Broncos
- Your classic boom or bust prospect
- Accuracy is lacking, but did improve on it each year in college
- Struggles big time with pressure
- Mechanics are inconsistent and basically pretty much everything about his game is lacking consistency
- Needs to learn to throw with touch
- Mechanics, footwork, and mental processing need development
- Played under four different offensive coordinators so he never had a chance to settle into a scheme
- Is a gunslinger for better or for worse
- Struggled against talented defenses in the SEC
Does Drew Lock make sense for the Denver Broncos in the first-round of the 2019 NFL Draft?:
He’s the best fit for the Broncos in this draft.
The Broncos interest in Lock is well documented. At the Senior Bowl is was being widely spread that the Broncos and General Manager John Elway was in love with Drew Lock. There were even reports/rumors that the Broncos have been doing their homework on Lock as well. Now all of this was before they acquired quarterback Joe Flacco, but I am willing to bet his acquisition didn’t change much on Lock.
Drew Lock's tape study is complete. I've spent a lot of time watching this guy over the year - 2017 tape, 2018 live, 2018 tape, seen almost every game - and he improved a lot this season. The concerns are there, but you can do worse for a starting NFL QB:https://t.co/ud70jhzEN4 pic.twitter.com/3KMtOMWuKm— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) March 15, 2019
If the Broncos are looking for their quarterback of the future in this draft then Lock should be their guy. He fits best in a vertical passing offense, something the Broncos plan on having under Rich Scangarello. So it makes a ton of sense schematically and he is really the only top prospect in this draft who fits that mold.
Also, Rich Scangarello’s presence is key here. He was brought in to do two things for the Broncos. One was to implement the zone-blocking scheme that flourished in Denver before and the other was to develop a young quarterback into a starter. His work with Nick Mullens is what made his coaching stock grow and San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Kyle Shanahan has vouched for his former coach countless times. So to see what he can do with a talented prospect like Lock is intriguing.
In the end, I am on the fence about this potential selection. If it were to happen I would buy in to his potential and development into a starting quarterback. If they decided to pass on Lock I would be relieved because he’s such a boom or bust prospect.
The selection makes sense, but it would be very risky for the Broncos and potentially one that gets General Manager John Elway fired if it fails.
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