Drew Lock is expected to open the season as the No. 2 quarterback in Denver, but he could be the starter by the end of the year. The rookie from Missouri, the Broncos' second-round pick in this year's draft, will likely be the backup to Joe Flacco to start 2019, but he could replace Flacco sooner rather than later. Lock is expected to be the long-term starter for the Broncos, and he's worth selecting with a third-round pick in rookie-only drafts. In seasonal leagues, ignore Lock on Draft Day, but he could be a waiver wire addition if he takes over for Flacco at some point during the year.
Lock hasn't signed a contract and may not report for the start of training camp, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports. Lock reportedly wants a quarterback premium that gives him stronger-than-usual guarantees for his draft slot (42nd overall). His negotiations also could impact offensive lineman Dalton Risner, whom the Broncos selected one pick before Lock at No. 41 overall. With Joe Flacco slated for the Week 1 start under center, the team may be worried about Risner's availability for training camp more so than Lock's.
Coach Vic Fangio suggested Lock, Kevin Hogan and Brett Rypien will share second- and third-string reps during spring practices. Fangio said Joe Flacco will take all the first-team snaps while Lock is busy competing with a pair of borderline NFL talents. The No. 42 overall pick has a decent shot to make starts during his rookie season, but it doesn't appear the Broncos will give him a fair shot to win the Week 1 job.
The Broncos selected Lock in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 42nd overall. Lock was constantly linked to the Broncos for months now, making him a conventional projection for Denver at the 10th overall pick. The Broncos end up waiting more than a round but got him anyway, giving them a developmental backup with upside and a candidate to step in if Joe Flacco stumbles as starter. Lock (6-foot-4, 228 pounds) is a wild but toolsy quarterback with a strong arm and standout athleticism (4.69-second 40, 11.15 agility score), and despite his rough qualities he at least stands tall and maintains an aggressive demeanor as a passer. Whether his scattershot accuracy can be fixed mechanically is the question of whether he develops into a viable NFL starter, but he definitely needs development in this respect after completing only 56.9 percent of his career passes for Missouri.
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|3||09/22||@Green Bay Packers||22||21.25|
|5||10/06||@Los Angeles Chargers||8||16.89|
|7||10/18||Kansas City Chiefs||23||21.67|
|13||12/01||Los Angeles Chargers||8||16.89|
|15||12/15||@Kansas City Chiefs||23||21.67|