John Elway explains importance of Drew Lock, using NFL Draft to put points on the board
The Denver Broncos have a ton of faith in Drew Lock as their franchise quarterback and they knew they needed to put him in a better position to succeed. After addressing the offensive side of the ball in the 2020 NFL Draft, John Elway explained the importance of Lock and putting more points on the scoreboard.
“I think with the way Drew played at the end of last year, we saw the signs of a guy that has a chance to be very successful in this league, but to do that, he’s got to have some good people around him,” Elway told reporters during a post-draft Zoom conference call. “The concentration — we felt like we’re still in good shape, defensively, especially with, again, like I said, what we’ve added in the offseason through trades, that we needed to add that explosive feature on the offensive side.
Following an 11-game absence due to a thumb injury, Lock was able to make five starts in his rookie season in 2019. In those five starts, Lock threw for 1,020 yards, seven touchdowns, and three interceptions.
Above all, he helped lead the Broncos to a 4-1 record to end the season. Still, after averaging just 17.4 points per game this past season, Elway knew that Denver needed a massive overhaul on offense.
“We [have] the guy we believe over time, as I’ve talked about, that it’s going to take some time, to give him a chance to be successful and us a chance to be successful. We’ve got to put points on the board. Seventeen points a game is not nearly enough, so the first step was this year in the draft.”
To begin this year’s draft, the Broncos selected Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler in back-to-back rounds. While Denver centered their attention on the offense this offseason, Elway hopes it results in more points.