With the 2019 NFL Draft fast approaching (Thursday, April 25 through Saturday, April 27), the time to place your futures bets is now, and today we feature one that showcases Missouri State standout quarterback Drew Lock.
Predicted to be selected somewhere in the mid-first round, Lock definitely has the ideal size and arm to be an NFL quarterback, but his sometimes poor decision-making leaves lots of room for doubt and gives him lots of room for improvement.
Here we zoom in and examine Drew Locks journey from Missouri to the Bigs, and we list the odds and predictions of which NFL franchise will select him in the upcoming draft.
Andrew Stephen Lock is a 22-year-old, 6-foot-4, 225-pound quarterback born in Columbia, Missouri in 1996 to parents Laura and Andy Lock.
Lock played quarterback for Lees Summit High School in Lees Summit, MO and as a junior, he threw for a total of 3,060 yards and 35 touchdowns.
His senior year numbers decreased but were still impressive, having thrown for 2,731 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Lock was rated by Rivals.com as a four-star recruit, considered the sixth best pro-style quarterback in the 2015 draft class, and he committed to the University of Missouri to play quarterback.
Lock started under center for the final eight games of freshman year and finished the season going 129-of-263 for 1,332 total yards and four touchdowns.
Drew to the Zou is the first of a multi-part series about his journey from Lees Summit to starting at Mizzou his freshman year.
Actually, hes the third generation of Lock to play at Mizzou.
His father, Andy, lettered for four years as an offensive lineman for the Tigers from 1986-1989.
Drews grandfather, Jerry, also played for the team from 1961-1962.
In four seasons, Lock completed 883 passes for 1,553 yards and 99 touchdowns with 39 interceptions as well as rushed 201 times for 437 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Locks best season was his junior year in 2017, where he completed 242 passes for 3,964 yards and 44 touchdowns, though he had 13 interceptions that season alone.
His numbers dropped overall in 2018, though he still threw with a completion percentage of 62.9, the highest of his four-year college career.
In 2017, Lock set the SEC single-season passing touchdown record by throwing for 44 touchdowns his junior season, also making First-Team All-SEC that same year.
Lock was also the FBS passing touchdowns leader in 2017.
In 2018, his senior year, Lock made Second-Team All-SEC and impressed the professional football world with his performance in the Senior Bowl, especially with how he picked up pro concepts faster than the other quarterbacks.
Currently, Lock is ranked as the third-best quarterback prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray is predicted to be picked first overall after completing 69 percent of his passes last year for 4,361 yards with 42 touchdowns and just 7 interceptions during his only season as the Sooners starting quarterback.
The second-best quarterback in this draft is considered to be Ohio States Dwayne Haskins, who completed 70 percent of his passes in 2018, his junior season, for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns with just 8 interceptions.
Drew Lock had an NFL Scouting Combine prospect grade of 5.98, which means he is projected to become an NFL starter.
Lock ran the 40-yard dash in 4.69 seconds, did the 3-cone drill in 7.03 seconds and ran the 20-yard shuttle in 4.12 seconds.
Drews vertical jump was 31.0 inches and his broad jump was 112.0 inches but he did not participate in the bench press event.
Like every NFL prospect, Lock has some incredible strengths offset by some glaring weaknesses the question is whether he can be trained out of his shortcomings by an NFL level coaching staff.
Locks primary strengths are considered his arm strength, which jumps at you, his ability to pass out of the pocket and the fact that hes had big-time college experience playing in the SEC, which will prepare him for the largest professional football stage on earth.
The weaknesses of Drew Lock are his occasionally poor decision making (8 picks per season at Missouri), his periodic lack of pocket awareness resulting in him prematurely abandoning ship and his inability to win big games, not having won against a ranked opponent until the final month of his college career.
Besides Drew, Lock does not currently appear to have an official nickname, but there is one possibility from his past.
His roommate at Missouri, Jack Lowary, once let slip a handle that seems to fit Lock perfectly, especially given his propensity to get into little verbal altercations with guys.
As he likes to say, Im the Big Dog, says Lowary, and at Locks size (6-foot-4, 225-pounds) that nickname seems to fit just perfectly.
Yes, like a lot of the newer generation forced into the spotlight, some of Locks younger Tweets are coming back to haunt him.
Two of the more insensitive tweets went like this:
- Hahahah kids a faggot (this was in response to another tweet)
- Could geico really save u 15% or more on car insurance??…….Do black guys like flamin hot cheetos?? Hahaha no offence (sic) black guys!
Lock has since deleted them from his account and apologized for his youthful ignorance, so its highly unlikely that they will affect his positioning in the upcoming draft.
First off, Lock ended up his college career throwing for 99 touchdowns, so right there every NFL franchise in need of a quarterback in this offense-heavy league will be staring at Lock to see if he fits into their scheme.
Secondly, if youre a team with a questionable starter right now (Giants, Broncos), drafting someone like Lock with all his big stadium experience gives you a young backup who can quickly work his way to starting under center.
The way Lock razzle-dazzles on the field, like completing an underhanded forward pass Mahomes-style, is bound to add excitement to any NFL franchise still hungry for such things.
Will the Denver Broncos pull the trigger on Lock, or will the New York Giants finally admit that they could use a little more youthful help under center?
Is Cincinnati ready to give longtime started Andy Dalton the Bengal boot?
Here are the current odds and predictions of which NFL team will draft Lock for his services.
Check out the latest odds here – good luck!
Caveat: If Lock goes undrafted in the 2019 Draft, bets will be Void.
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