The Denver Broncos were able to get a sneak peek into the Drew Lock experience near the end of the regular season. Considering the circumstances, it’s safe to say the Broncos are pleased with where Lock currently is in his development.
Last year, the Broncos selected Lock with 42nd overall pick out of Missouri. When they originally drafted Lock, the plan was for him to sit for the majority of the season behind Joe Flacco.
In the preseason, the rookie quarterback suffered a thumb injury in the preseason that landed him on injured reserve. But after Flacco sustained a season-ending neck injury, the process for Lock to start was slightly sped up.
In that start, the Missouri product completed 18 of his 28 attempts for 134 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Most importantly, he was able to secure his first victory in the NFL with the Broncos.
The Broncos’ second-round pick would go on to start in four more games to end the regular season. His best game came against the Houston Texans in Week 14. Lock was able to complete 81.5 percent of his attempts for 309 yards, three scores, and one interception as Denver upset Houston on the road.
Altogether, Lock ended the season with 1,020 yards, seven touchdowns, and three interceptions. Provided his numbers in his rookie campaign, how good could Lock become in the NFL?
Lock’s potential moving forward
During the 2019 season, Lock was able to work with Rich Scangarello as his offensive coordinator. But after the season ended, the Broncos surprisingly decided to fire Scangarello after just one season with the organization.
To replace him, Denver hired the former head coach of the New York Giants, Pat Shurmur. Shurmur should be able to aid Lock’s evolution as a starting quarterback in the NFL.
Throughout Lock’s first five starts, the young signal-caller flashed his strong arm as he made throws down the field with ease. It will be important for the Broncos to surround Lock with better weapons outside of Courtland Sutton in the offseason.
While he excelled with throws down the field, Lock showed that he still needs to work on his decision making. The first-year starter often tried to fit the ball into tight windows, which resulted in three interceptions.
The future is undoubtedly bright for Lock and he could become a long-term solution for the Broncos at quarterback. At this moment, it’s tough to envision Lock maturing into an elite quarterback in the NFL. However, that isn’t to say that he can’t be a successful quarterback that leads Denver to a Super Bowl in the future with a formidable defense.