Drew Lock has a few things going for him vs. Teddy Bridgewater

Denver Broncos roster: Drew Lock, Teddy Bridgewater - Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos roster: Drew Lock, Teddy Bridgewater - Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /
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Drew Lock, Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos QB #3 Drew Lock. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports /

4. The Broncos passed on the 2021 NFL Draft crop

This point cannot be overstated.

The Denver Broncos sent their heavy hitters to the pro days of Zach Wilson, Justin Fields, Trey Lance, and they also had a presence watching over Mac Jones.

They doubled down and went to multiple pro days for both Lance and Fields.

During the 2021 NFL Draft, the Broncos were staring the opportunity to draft Justin Fields (or Mac Jones) directly in the face, and they passed so they could take Patrick Surtain II instead.

Not only did the Broncos and GM George Paton pass on quarterbacks in the first round, but they passed on the 2021 NFL Draft class at quarterback entirely.

The fact that the Broncos passed on Justin Fields, in particular, should tell us a lot about what the team:

A. Thought of Justin Fields and;

B. Thinks of Drew Lock

Lock represents the upside option on the Denver Broncos’ roster at the quarterback position with Bridgewater representing the veteran fail-safe. If Lock falters, Bridgewater gives the Broncos a much higher floor than what they had last year with the combination of Jeff Driskel and Brett Rypien.

Still, it’s telling that the Broncos did not take Justin Fields when given the opportunity to do exactly that. To some, Fields was considered a potential number one caliber prospect in many draft classes that didn’t include a Trevor Lawrence.

The Denver Broncos clearly did not share that sentiment, and instead preferred what they already had on the roster, which was Drew Lock and Bridgewater.

When you consider all of these first four points together — Lock being the incumbent, Lock having all of the physical tools, and Lock still having long-term prospects along with the team passing on draft prospects — it’s abundantly clear that this is an edge for Lock over Bridgewater.