Good morning, Broncos Country!
At what point do we wonder if Drew Lock is spoiled?
After the three days of the NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos quarterback is like the kid who comes away with everything on his gift list. Lock is also the kid who earned those gifts. He did all of his chores, and he got on his parents/grandparents’ good side. Unlike some of the other quarterbacks in Denver who were content with Fortnite and Skittles jackets.
Not to beat a dead horse, but what John Elway has done to surround his young quarterback with weapons is impressive. To get what many analysts and experts feel is the best receiver in the draft (Jerry Jeudy), a playmaking burner (KJ Hamler), his starting center (Lloyd Cushenberry III), and then you cap it off with Lock’s favorite target from Missouri who is also insanely fast as a tight end (Albert Okwuegbunam). That’s to go with Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant, Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay.
The goal of this offseason was to catch up with the Kansas City Chiefs. Until Lock and all of these weapons get on the field, there’s no way to know how much that gap has closed. In terms of a speed sense? Elway and the Broncos might out-speed even the Chiefs with these picks, and I’m all for it.
The joke on ESPN was Denver is “building a track squad.”
In all seriousness, the act of Elway giving Lock these toys to play with says so much. It tells Lock, “You’re our guy. Now make it happen.” Maybe I’m reading more into this than I should, but the fact it comes from one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history screams it to Lock. At least it should. It should also give Lock even more confidence that Elway and this franchise believes in him.
If it wasn’t clear before the draft that the Broncos are Lock’s team, there is no doubt now.
The other thing this draft returns is some freaking excitement. I cannot wait to see Lock in Pat Shurmur’s offense with all of these weapons at his disposal. One tidbit that gets forgotten, is while Denver tries to catch up with the Chiefs, Shurmur comes from the Andy Reid coaching tree. That just adds even more intrigue to the track meet that this rivalry is now poised to become.
Since Peyton Manning retired, the Broncos have struggled and, up until Week 11 of the 2019 regular season, lost on finding his replacement. Now that Elway and Denver have their quarterback, they’re all in.
They should spoil Lock with toys. If it works out like we all hope, that means a return to the Broncos football we all know and love.
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