Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
After the Denver Broncos picked Dalton Risner at pick no. 41 overall, they were slated to pick 11 picks later at 52, the selection they acquired from the Steelers in the Devin Bush trade.
They used that selection, their fourth-round pick (from Houston), and their sixth-round pick to move up into the 42nd overall pick.
They moved up to the 42nd pick to select Missouri quarterback Drew Lock despite rumors they would wait until day three for a quarterback or possibly even free agency.
Lock’s selection changes the narrative of the Broncos’ future completely. He is now the guy they will invest in while allowing Joe Flacco to start in the interim.
The Broncos have been interested in Drew Lock for a long time. John Elway made it out to one of his games at Missouri in person last year, followed him around at the Senior Bowl, and brought him to Denver for a pre-draft visit.
Lock has everything I would look for in a developmental quarterback:
- Ideal size
- Arm talent
- Natural athletic ability and football IQ
- High leadership qualities
- Intangibles off the charts
- Four years of college experience against great competition
I’m a huge fan of this pick, and we’ve been talking about it for months. Though I feel like Kyler Murray potentially has the best playmaking ability of any QB in this class, Lock is the guy I wanted the most besides him.
The Broncos could have taken Lock at 10. They could have taken him at 20. Would the pick have been criticized a bit? Sure. But now they’ve got him in the second round with their third pick in this draft. The pressure is a little different, but in Denver we know it’s all pretty much the same for quarterbacks, it doesn’t matter what round you’re picked in.
Lock has what it takes to be a franchise QB in the NFL, and the Broncos have afforded him really the only thing he needs to put it all together: time.