Denver Broncos General Manager/President of Football Operations John Elway has been criticized for trying to find a quarterback ever since Peyton Manning left. They have not made the playoffs since winning Super Bowl L against the Carolina Panthers then 24-10, but Denver feels like they can make the playoffs this season because of second-year quarterback Drew Lock.
Joe Flacco was the starting quarterback for Denver at the beginning of last season. He got injured during the middle of the season. Brandon Allen also started a couple of games and then he got hurt as well. That led to second-round pick Drew Lock starting the last five games of the regular season.
He finished with a 4-1 record. The Broncos finished 7-9 because of it and they also finished in second place. Denver may not finish in first place this season because of the Kansas City Chiefs, but the Denver Broncos could also be in second place again this season with either a 10-6 or an 11-5 record.
Lock completed 100-of-156 of his passes (64.1 completion percentage) for 1,020 yards seven touchdowns and three interceptions. Some of the weapons he will have on this team season are Courtland Sutton, DaeSean Hamilton, Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler, Melvin Gordon II, and Phillip Lindsay.
The Denver Broncos selected tight end Albert Okwuegbunam 118th overall (fourth-round selection). He played college football at the University of Missouri. That is where Drew Lock also played his college football at. Those two already have solid chemistry together.
This offense is going to be popped and loaded with Pat Shurmur as the offensive coordinator.
Drew Lock is the heartbeat of this team. Lock could maybe win the MVP this season as well.
Drew Lock was the 42nd overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. There was some skepticism as to whether or not he was going to be a first-round pick or not. The three quarterbacks that were taken ahead of him were Kyler Murray (Arizona Cardinals, 1st overall), Daniel Jones (New York Giants, 6th overall), and Dwayne Haskins (Washington Redskins, 15th overall).
This is the time for Drew Lock to shine, however. I could see him throwing for over 4,000 yards this season and also 30 touchdowns. We will see what happens moving down the road here with his play. I am sure some people want to draft him really high in fantasy leagues this season.
He can throw the ball with better accuracy than people thought he was going to in the NFL. Drew Lock played against some elite competition in the SEC like LSU, The University of Alabama, Georgia, The University of Florida, Tennessee, and Auburn University. He didn’t stand out too much against them, but the scouts must have seen something and they deserve a ton of credit for it.
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