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Drew Lock’s Senior Bowl performance earns rave reviews

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Lock gets votes of confidence after Senior Bowl week

Our collective golden boy, Drew Lock, did not win Senior Bowl MVP honors this weekend. Despite winning the starting job for the (victorious) North, former Duke Blue Devil Daniel Jones ended up taking home the individual award.

This has not, however, stopped Lock’s wave of momentum coming out of the past week. After earning praises for his confidence and poise on the big stage, Lock consistently outplayed Jones in practice before some bad in-game drops prevented him from putting up bigger numbers. Lock’s overall performance has not gone unnoticed, and NBC’s Peter King’s stated in his weekly column that Lock may have secured his status as a first-round pick.

I think these are a few Senior Bowl things I picked from those on the scene... Quarterback Drew Lock of Missouri helped himself the most among quarterbacks, practicing and meeting teams well enough to likely earn a first-round look.

Lock’s swagger on and off the field was also noticed by CBS Sports, who have Lock as a Top 10 pick and the second overall QB to be drafted:

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Drew Lock, QB, Missouri: Lock was solid if not spectacular in Mobile, Alabama, last week, and he did nothing to change the minds of NFL executives who think he’s a top-10 selection. The Blake Bortles era is over one way or another and Lock certainly makes sense here.

The article also mentioned that Lock, “was the best quarterback at the Senior Bowl,” and MVP Daniel Jones did not appear in the first round mock.

SB Nation also has Lock doing Top 10 in its latest mock draft, this time to the Denver Broncos:

Lock had a decent Senior Bowl week, but he has question marks — namely, his decision-making and accuracy. The Broncos could be in a similar situation as the Giants. With Case Keenum still under contract, the Broncos could take a high-ceiling quarterback like Lock and have him sit.

At this point, Lock appears to be coasting toward Top 10 status for the NFL Draft. His size, athleticism and arm strength should all play well at the NFL Combine and in the comfort of the Mizzou Pro Day. To truly guarantee first-round status, Lock only needs to convince teams he’s one of the two or three best quarterbacks in this class. While it may be hard to supplant Dwayne Haskins as the top dog, there are enough questions about Kyler Murray’s size and durability to suggest one team will bite on Lock’s sky-high potential.

We still have about three months until the draft, and if Lock can stay healthy and perform well at his workouts, we’ll be back to hearing a Missouri Tiger’s name called out on opening hour of draft night.

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