Drafting a franchise quarterback is what many underachieving teams hope for each season. In 2018, the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl with backup Nick Foles guiding them. However, for most of the regular season, it was their No. 2 pick from the 2016 NFL Draft Carson Wentz who led the way. His team ranked atop the NFL power rankings during the campaign and enters this latest season as No. 1 on a number of lists. It's no surprise that teams were seeking quarterbacks this past summer. They could do so again next draft and Missouri's Drew Lock is a potential top pick at the spot.
The Walter Football website gives the latest analysis of various NFL draft prospects through their college careers. In addition, the website gives scouting reports and mock drafts to help fans get an understanding of where prospects rank. Drew Lock is a player that scouts have their eyes on thanks to his SEC record of 44 touchdown passes in a season. Lock is a 6-foot-3, 226-pound star who has passed for 3,964 yards and 44 touchdowns during his collegiate career. However, Lock's personality brings a question mark.
The scouts have given positive marks to Lock in terms of his throwing arm calling it a "rifle." They've also said he's a good athlete with a skill set similar to former NFL QB Jay Cutler. His personality brings the questions as he's been compared to the New York Giants' Eli Manning. That's not a bad comparison, though, as Manning is a two-time Super Bowl winner. Still, some scouts feel Lock's personality may not fit what some NFL coaches and general managers want in their locker room.
It's noted that Lock is "quiet" and maybe "a little nerdy," so he may be lacking the commanding presence that other QBs have. However, he's got the football I.Q. needed to succeed on the field as he can learn fast and pick up new things. A lot of teams will value that sort of approach and may not mind his personality as long as he's helping them succeed.
On Charlie Campbell's latest Walter Football 2019 NFL mock draft, he has Lock going at No. 25 to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Campbell mentions that Blake Bortles isn't necessarily tied to the Jags for "many years to come" so they could be "looking for an upgrade." Lock could provide them with that upgrade if they're willing to gamble on him not necessarily being a vocal team leader. He's got a full college season to continue to show off his skills and impress scouts, but the personality aspect may still hamper his draft options.
Right now, Oregon's Justin Herbert is listed at No. 4 overall in Campbell's draft and would go to the Miami Dolphins as a replacement for Ryan Tannehill. Auburn's Jarrett Stidham is ranked No. 10 for the Giants to replace Eli Manning. The two-time Super Bowl champion will eventually be on the way out despite a great run with his team. It's likely that both Herbert and Stidham have stronger on-field or locker room leader type personalities when compared to Lock. That's not to say Lock isn't skilled, though.
Eli Manning and the Tennessee Titans' Marcus Mariota are considered quiet personalities, but both are highly-skilled QBs and valuable to their teams. In current NFL power rankings, these teams are just below the middle of the list, but should they surge this season, expect them to rise. That could make a decent case for taking a chance on a personality like Missouri's Drew Lock in next summer's NFL Draft.
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