After multiple swings and misses, big (Paxton Lynch) or small (Trevor Siemian) since Peyton Manning, the Denver Broncos took another shot at finding a quarterback of the future by taking Drew Lock in the second round of the 2019 draft.
Lock didn’t start until Week 13 last year, after Joe Flacco was sidelined by a neck injury and Brandon Allen made three starts for some reason. The Broncos went 4-1 in Lock’s starts, with the only loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in a snow game.
Lock was able to take advantage of a fairly soft schedule of pass defenses, which is an important caveat. He also had five touchdown passes in his first two starts, with just two over his last three as he dropped off across the board.
But the Broncos and general manager John Elway are committed to Lock in 2020, and they’ve shown it. They used their first two draft picks on wide receivers (Jerry Jeudy, K.J. Hamler), then came back in the fourth round to draft Lock’s college teammate tight end Albert Okwuegbunam.
Lock will have no excuses if he fails to take the next step in his career this year. Here are three early predictions for him in 2020.