Denver Broncos: What is the best trade scenario for Deshaun Watson?
By Noah Smith
3. The Denver Broncos will finally get a fair evaluation of Drew Lock
For the Denver Broncos, the goal of the 2020 NFL Season was to evaluate Drew Lock and to find out if he was the future for the Broncos. Their plan started off on the wrong foot with learning a new system under offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur virtually due to COVID protocols.
After a shaky opener against the Tennessee Titans, the season hit a roadblock in Pittsburgh with the season-ending injury to Courtland Sutton, as well as a shoulder injury to Lock. While Lock eventually finished the season, 2020 gave the Broncos’ offense a hard time, and an unfair assessment of Drew Lock.
Entering 2021, Lock will likely have a true veteran quarterback to push him, as well as mentor him. A 2nd year in Pat Shurmur’s offense with a full offseason will be a massive help to the young quarterback as well. Oh, and his favorite target returns to the field in Courtland Sutton.
2021 should be an ideal opportunity to finally evaluate the young quarterback to determine if he is the answer for the Denver Broncos. However, with a young superstar like Deshaun Watson potentially on the trade market, Lock may not have his opportunity to prove himself on the field.
If the standoff between Watson and the Houston organization continues into the 2021 season, Drew Lock will be given his fair opportunity to prove himself to the Broncos’ front office and prove that he is “The Guy” going forward.
However, if Lock fails to take a leap this season, the Broncos will likely have a hard time convincing Houston that Lock is a viable asset in a trade. The start to the 2021 Season will be an important stretch for Lock.
While Deshaun Watson would elevate the Broncos’ roster, a fair assessment of Drew Lock would be ideal for the Broncos’ front office. If Watson can hold out into the 2021 season, Drew Lock will finally have his shot at showing the Denver Broncos what he can do.