Pro Football Focus released their final quarterback rankings of the 2020 NFL season and Drew Lock doesn’t fair very well in these rankings. Lock was ranked as PFF’s 31st best quarterback this past season.
PFF notes Lock’s inconsistent play as a reason for such a low ranking. He showed flashes of greatness but also had a high percentage of turnover worthy throws. He’ll need to kick this inconsistent play if he wants to reach his ceiling as a quarterback.
31. DREW LOCK, DENVER BRONCOS 63.5
Lock showed flashes throughout the 2020 season, but he finished with the sixth-highest percentage of turnover-worthy plays and the eighth-worst accuracy percentage. On the positive side, he notched the seventh-highest rate of big-time throws (5.9%) and showed off his arm talent. Now, it’s just a matter of cutting out the poor plays.
The only quarterbacks to rank lower than Lock were Mitchell Trubisky, Sam Darnold, Nick Mullens, and Dwayne Haskins.
This ranking shouldn’t surprise anyone if we’re being honest. Lock finished the season with the 32nd best quarterback rating (75.4), 29th best QBR (49.2), last in competition percentage (57.3%), and tied for first in interceptions (15). So it was a disappointing season all together for Drew Lock and the Broncos.
His 2020 performance and a new General Manager calling the shots in Denver has his starting gig in danger. John Elway was his biggest supporter and now he is gone. Also, Head Coach Vic Fangio did not call him the teams starter for 2021 and said that Lock will need to improve to get there.
Vic Fangio: Drew Lock "can be" the starting QB next year. "He's going to have to improve."— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) January 5, 2021
So it will be an interesting offseason for Drew Lock. He will hopefully get a somewhat normal offseason to work on his craft and build chemistry with his playmakers. Also, he’s now in the second year of Pat Shurmur’s offense so there is a chance he can improve. He finished 2020 on a strong note, but also played some poor defenses so we shall see how that goes.
The level of competition he’ll face this offseason will also be key. His biggest supporter is no longer calling the shots and a new General Manager often means a new quarterback sooner rather than later so it’ll be interesting how it all plays out. Either way, how Lock performed wasn’t acceptable in 2020, big changes were made to the Front Office whether you believe it to be voluntary ones or not, so hopefully we get a better product next season.