Publish Date: 01/19/2019
Fact checked by: Simon Briffa
Drew Lock is a gunslinger-style quarterback who has a big arm with the ability to throw any pass anywhere on the field, which is a huge thing with NFL scouts. A big issue is the speed with which he works through his progression and his accuracy and field vision that all suffer because of the slow reading. Lock is prone to overthrows, plus he can put too much heat on some passes and in a lot of instances lacks touch. That is a problem with “gunslinger” type Quarterbacks who have a tendency to try to force the ball instead of pass the ball.
Lock has good size and can fit the pass into tight windows. He throws the ball well downfield and shows some timing and anticipation. Lock does have the propensity to force throws to covered wideouts, occasionally trusting his arm too much to beat tight coverage. He also can pull the ball down and take off when the need arises. Combine that with his arm strength and he has the makings of an NFL Quarterback. Who coaches him is going to be the biggest issue, as at times his feet in the pocket have a tendency to be a little slow.
My biggest concern from a lot of people in the “know” is the fact that they are worried about Lock’s leadership abilities as he is not a demonstrative vocal leader. He reminds me a lot in demeanor of New York Giants Quarterback Eli Manning.
Leadership, in my opinion, is the biggest part of being a Quarterback and Lock seems to lack this very important trait. It has worked for Eli Manning, who during his career, has developed into a quiet leader. I want a player with an attitude more like Baker Mayfield if I am drafting a Quarterback in the first half of the first round, however. In the right situation, Lock could be worth a late first round pick.
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