Did Elway hit on Drew Lock?

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Drew Locks Rise

Drew Lock is the former record holder for most touchdowns thrown in a single season in the SEC. That led him to be the 42nd pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. John Elway has had his share of struggles with the quarterback position. Once Manning left, it’s been all downhill. During the 2019 offseason, Elway traded for Joe Flacco and had Lock develop under him. So far, it looks like it may be working.

Locks First Start

Lock’s first game came against the Chargers. We found out early that Courtland Sutton was his favorite target. Lock found him twice for a touchdown in the first quarter and gave the Broncos a 14-0 lead early. As the game progressed, Lock led good drives down the field, but they couldn’t get in the end zone. They were able to capitalize with field goals, setting up a great fourth quarter. Veteran quarterback Philip Rivers set up a great drive to set up the game-tying field goal. Lock had 14 seconds to get in field goal range. Lock took 11 seconds to heave a ball downfield and got a P.I call. That set up a game-winning field goal, and Lock got his first win. 

Lock Follows It Up, Big Time!

Drew Lock’s second start came against a red hot Houston Texans team that had just beaten the Patriots. Going into the game, nobody gave the Broncos much of a chance, but people’s perception changed quickly. Lock found rookie tight end, Noah Fant, for a touchdown in the first 7 minutes. Then, late in the second quarter, he found his other tight end, Jeff Heuerman, for another touchdown, making the score 21-0. Lock ended the third quarter with a dump off touchdown to tailback Royce Freeman. His third of the game. The Broncos led the Texans 31-3. Lock finished his debut with a great stat line: 22-27 309 yards, three touchdowns, and only one interception. He is now 2-0 as a starter.

Drew Lock Analysis

Drew Lock
Drew Lock Celebrates his second win with a huge smile.

It is very early in Lock’s career to know what type of player he is, but so far, what’s not to like? He is accurate and has zip on his fastball. Drew throws the ball on a line and low trajectory and is accurate on out routes, slants, and posts. He has a strong pocket presence and has done a great job of avoiding sacks. The one knock on Lock would be his deep ball and touch. Even with his time in college, he has not done a superb job leading receivers and giving them good one on one jump balls.

However, his leadership traits are what strike me. He is unlike every other quarterback in the league in that sense. You don’t see Lock hyping up his teammates and giving those passionate pregame speeches. Instead, Locks is just having fun. During the Texans game, Lock was just having fun, like a kid. His teammates were uplifted by it, and they all played great. You can be a leader in many ways, and this is Lock’s way of leading, hats off to the kid.

Locks Future

Drew Lock
Aug 8, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (3) throws the ball against the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks won 22-14. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Drew Lock has all the tools to play in the NFL. The team rallies around him, he has the skillset, and he wins ball games. He is a blend between Matthew Stafford and Jared Goff. Drew will not become a Patrick Mahomes or a Lamar Jackson. That’s not his playstyle, but he is very capable of becoming a winning quarterback. He will have success, and if Denver protects him with an o-line and adds threats to his offense, there is no reason Lock will not become a constant winner.

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