To be completely honest, the NFL Draft season is exhausting, especially as a casual-at-best-hostile-at-worst observer of the National Football League. It gets old having the same conversations about the same players for months on end, only to have the same story lines play out on draft night — oh, a run on mediocre quarterbacks teams have talked themselves into! Didn’t see that coming!
This writer is nothing, however, if not a die-hard loyalist, so it’s impossible to not follow the steps of Mizzou grads closely. Out of the handful of Tigers that showed off their skills at this past week’s NFL Draft Combine, Drew Lock likely solidified his draft status the most — Emanuel Hall had arguably the best showing, but reports of a possible sports hernia won’t help his already checkered injury past.
Since his showing, Lock has held steady in the latest round of mock drafts, even moving up in a few. And as we draw closer to April 25, we’re starting to get a clearer picture of where Mizzou’s golden boy could be playing on Sundays for the next few years.
For this week’s poll, we asked y’all where you would want to see Drew Lock play in the NFL? We chose teams that have been mentioned as potential destinations for Lock, but also included that ever-useful “other” option so y’all could tell us how Drew Lock should slot behind Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady as the heir apparent to some of the all-time greats.
#POLL! After the NFL Draft Combine, Drew Lock has secured his spot as one of the top three QBs in the draft. With mock drafts placing him all over, where would you like to see Lock play?— ROCK M NATION (@RockMNation) March 5, 2019
It makes sense that Denver would come in first, if you think about it. John Elway has been hot on Drew Lock’s case since last fall, and is the team most often associated with Lock. Despite the fact they’re bringing in the (ALL-TIME GREAT AND STILL ELITE) Joe Flacco, Lock would actually have a great opportunity to learn from a Super Bowl winner before taking the reins in his sophomore season.
However, there is a potential conflict of interest for many Tiger fans between Lock and the Broncos — an undying passion for the Chiefs.
Anywhere but the Broncos because I would hate to cheer against him— Patrick Posten (@PostenPatrick) March 5, 2019
I’m hoping for NY Giants, but anywhere except raiders or donkeys— tammy scott (@tlscott57) March 6, 2019
Thus is the dilemma for having rooting interests in both NFL and NCAA football. You spend four years developing emotional ties to a player only to risk him getting really good and directly contradicting your fandom at the next level.
You have to admit, though, it would be pretty crazy to see Lock — a Chiefs fan growing up — squaring up every year against Kansas City and the quarterback Lock has drawn comparisons to over the past few months.
The Dolphins — or the Jaguars, who apparently are still on Tiger fans’ bad list for ruining Blaine Gabbert — may be the best place for Lock if he’s looking for immediate playing time. Ryan Tannehill is a perennial disappointment, and the Dolphins are only a QB away from making a run at the AFC East. However, first-year quarterbacks are seem to carry a greater risk of turning out busts, simply because many aren’t ready to handle the NFL’s style of play. The Dolphins are also a little strapped for talent around the QB — the names Kenyan Drake, DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills don’t inspire much confidence.
If we’re rooting for Lock’s success, perhaps the Dolphins aren’t the best choice? It depends on how ready you believe Lock is to play every Sunday against the best football players in the world.
NYG. Idk how well Eli would take it w DL being there as understudy but they have good talent at skill positions w a good offensive staff in place. Even though expectations in NY are huge I think Drew has the personality for it— Tucker Hagedorn (@Tuckhag) March 5, 2019
Lock hasn’t been tied to the Giants much, mostly because of the Giants’ seeming desire to draft Dwayne Haskins out of Ohio State. However, the Giants do provide the best combination of playing time in the near future and softest landing spots for the Mizzou star.
Eli Manning is a legend coming to the end of his career. He’s not completely washed up, but he’s also not the same quarterback that took the franchise to two Super Bowls. As Tucker pointed out in the tweet above, the Giants are flush with playmaking talent, giving Lock all the tools he would need to succeed at his new job. Manning could play out his swan song year with Lock ready to take over in 2020 — or man the helm if Manning were to get hurt.
So what about y’all who haven’t voted? Where do you want to see Drew Lock end up? Vote below and then get feisty — but not too feisty — in the comments below!
Which team do you want to draft Drew Lock?
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