1. The most critical people in the building are buying in
One reason you don’t need to veil pessimism as realism is the fact that the people in charge of the Denver Broncos — the ones with the most critical opinions — are buying into the Drew Lock hype.
Vic Fangio convinced John Elway to wait a month after the 2019 regular season to evaluate the team’s tape and individual players so they weren’t biased after the strong finish to the season.
The Broncos are obviously projecting a bit, but you don’t think if they saw some things about Lock behind the scenes, in practice, or in games that they didn’t like that they wouldn’t have taken the opportunity to upgrade this offseason?
We all know how much John Elway loves veteran quarterbacks, and the Holy Grail of quarterbacks was available in 2020 — Tom Brady.
For Elway to pass on the opportunity to get Tom Brady when he had plenty of money and a reasonably strong draw to get Brady to Denver speaks volumes to what this team thinks of Lock both now and projecting to the future.
No one has a more critical opinion of players than Vic Fangio, who at one point in his rookie training camp said that Drew Lock looked like a baseball pitcher who needed to learn how to pitch.
The Broncos also brought in an offensive coordinator (Pat Shurmur) from another team entirely whose opinion of Lock was completely unbiased coming in, even if he did like him a lot coming out of college in 2019.
Shurmur had other options to be an offensive coordinator elsewhere in the league. He chose Denver.
The fact that the Broncos’ front office and coaching staff were unified in their decision to build around Drew Lock is the biggest reason you as a fan can have confidence in this young prospect.