Here’s the 2019 NFL Draft profile of quarterback Drew Lock out of Missouri breaking down his strengths, weaknesses, video highlights, and draft projection.
A four-star recruit out of Lee’s Summit High School in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Drew Lock, who was named Kansas City Star’s All-Metro Player of the Year in 2014, played his collegiate ball at the University of Missouri and has emerged as one of the top quarterback prospects entering the 2019 NFL Draft.
As a freshman in 2015, Lock threw for 1,332 yards, four touchdowns, and eight interceptions, but he bounced back in 2016 throwing for 3,399 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.
Then as a junior in 2017, Lock had a breakout year throwing for 3,964 yards, 44 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. During that season, the 22-year-old set the SEC single-season record for passing touchdowns. He was also a First-Team All-SEC selection.
While he could have elected to enter the draft following his junior year, Lock returned to Missouri for his senior campaign in 2018, throwing for 3,498 yards, 28 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. For his efforts, Lock was named a Second-Team All-SEC selection.
Let’s take a look at his strengths, weaknesses, video highlights and if he might be a good fit with the New York Jets.
Possessing solid size standing 6 ft. 3 in. tall and weighing in at 225 lbs., Lock has been labeled as a gunslinger-style quarterback with his arm strength likely being his best trait.
Given his big arm, Lock has not only shown the ability to make almost any pass, but he’s also shown the ability to throw the ball with great velocity into tight windows. In addition, he has a relatively clean delivery, typically keeps his eyes downfield and should fit well into a vertical passing offense due to his ability to throw the deep ball and move the ball down the field.
It’s also important to note that Lock has been deemed by some to be a better athlete than many may realize at first glance. For a quarterback of his size, he has surprising mobility and has actually shown the ability to make a play with his legs when a lane presents itself.
Despite his size and above average arm strength, there have been some concerns over Lock’s accuracy, consistency, and decision-making.
In regards to his accuracy, Lock has been known to let some passes sail and he’s been a bit inconsistent at times with his medium and deep range passes.
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When it comes to decision-making, Lock also has some work to do. Some have argued that he relies on his big arm too much which leads him to struggle with his control and make passes that he likely shouldn’t. Also, he has had a tendency to lock onto his reads and pre-determine his targets.
In addition, his footwork could use improvement and he tends to struggle when under pressure.
These weaknesses, however, can be improved upon and many scouts feel as if Lock’s struggles were due to the lack of stability he had in regards to offensive coordinators at Missouri.
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However, it is expected that he’ll be drafted in the first round. Had he declared for the draft following his junior year, Lock likely would have been rated as the fifth or sixth best QB in the 2018 NFL Draft.
This year, however, the draft class is relatively weak at the quarterback position, meaning a team in need will likely take a chance on Lock on Day 1.