The following is a Drew Lock NFL Draft Profile highlighting everything that you need to know about the Mizzou QB. Listed below is his scouting report highlighting strengths and weaknesses while looking at his NFL player comparison and his projection.
Drew Lock NFL Draft Profile
Height: 6’4″ Weight: 228lbs School: Missouri
Possesses impressive arm talent and effortlessly generates velocity and distance. Lock’s arm is easily his greatest asset and will allow him to make every throw an NFL coordinator may ask him to make. He puts his arm on display when challenging defenses vertically. The range and placement on Lock’s deep ball is very impressive. Even if he is late to throw, he can easily get the ball 60 yards downfield on a line. Excellent thrower to the sideline, capable of reaching outs from the far hash and places the ball outside of the receivers cylinder. When given time in the pocket he flashes clean mechanics in his lower and upper half, leading to solid accuracy to all levels. Can make some gorgeous throws and isn’t afraid to attack tight windows. Adept at making precise throws with plenty of velocity fading away or off platform. Showed improvement feeling edge pressure and managing the pocket later in the season, would step up and find space instead of retreating. Ability to make quick trigger decisions also looked better down the stretch. Improved ability to ID safeties leverage post snap and attack. Many of the finer details of QB play are lacking from Lock’s game, but the improvement in theses areas as he grew in a new offense are encouraging. Functional athlete who is effective tucking and running for first downs when he needs to.
Does not do well in the face of pressure. Fails to ID free blitzers and needs to improve overall feel for time in the pocket. Falls back in the face of pressure and will lose huge yardage as a result. Doesn’t have a great feel for space to move within the pocket. Lower body mechanics completely crumble when hurried, routinely throwing off his back foot or against himself. Puts the ball up for grabs far too often and needs to learn to live to see another down. Late processor who stays on his primary read too long. Rarely see him work late into his progressions. Lacks ability to dissect zone defense and struggles to precisely place the football in between zone spacing over the middle. Accuracy over the middle of the field when driving the ball seems erratic and he has the ball sail on him. Will lead defenders to throws at times and locks onto his target (lol), often his first read.
A QB straight out of central casting with the desired frame, athletic ability and arm talent teams covet at the position. Lock’s ability to challenge defenses vertically will never be in question. Even though he still has a ways to go in terms of processing coverage and managing the pocket, he showed improvement in these areas towards the end of the season.
Lock is a work in progress, but he absolutely has starter upside in the NFL. His effortless ability to challenge defenses deep and natural arm talent are promising tools to work with. However, his mental attributes and struggles under pressure may be barriers to him fully reaching his ceiling. In a situation where he can sit for a year or two behind a veteran QB, Lock can be an solid starter in the league. Should he land on a non playoff team who would expect him to start right away, there may be some serious growing pains.
Pro Comparison: Derek Carr
Grade: 2nd Round