2. A talent (finally)
I previously alluded to the fact that the last QB the Broncos drafted to start a playoff game is Tim Tebow in 2011.
Despite his lack of longevity, Tebow is undoubtedly the most productive quarterback the Broncos have drafted in the last decade.
The Broncos have selected four quarterbacks — including Lock — in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft since 2010: Tebow (2010), Brock Osweiler (second round, 2012), Paxton Lynch (first round, 2016), and Lock (second round, 2019).
There is no doubt in my mind that Drew Lock is the most talented quarterback of that bunch, making him the most talented quarterback prospect to put on a Denver uniform since Jay Cutler was selected 11th overall in 2006.
Not only is Lock the most talented QB prospect to come to Denver since Cutler in 2006, I think he’s the best all-around prospect the Broncos have drafted since Elway retired.
All due respect to everyone else on the list, including Cutler and Brian Griese, but Lock has the best combination of the following:
- Arm talent
- College productivity
Lock would be edged out by some of the other guys in these respective categories, but I don’t think any player has come to the Broncos since Elway was around with a better combination of what you look for at the position.
There were obviously issues teams had with Lock coming out of college with his footwork and accuracy at times, but he certainly proved himself to be a playmaker and a gamer at the position willing to adapt to different offenses and coordinators as well as elevate the talent around him at Missouri.
This is the most well-rounded player to be drafted by the Broncos at QB since Jay Cutler in 2006 and it seems like Lock is the complete opposite of Cutler as a competitor. Lock may not be quite as gifted as a passer as Cutler was coming out of Vanderbilt, but he’s not far off, either.
Speaking of Cutler…