Mizzou QB Drew Lock had to sit and watch the 32 first-round picks come and go during the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville without hearing his name called.
However, the Denver Broncos traded up in the second round to draft Lock, and it seems to be a good landing spot for the big-armed quarterback. He’ll sit behind former Super Bowl winner Joe Flacco, so there won’t be much pressure on him.
Instead, according to NFL.com analyst Gregg Rosenthal, the pressure is all on Flacco. On Tuesday, Rosenthal listed Flacco among the players most hurt by the NFL Draft:
The Broncos’ new coaching staff is now more committed to Lock long-term than it is to Flacco, who landed in Denver via trade this offseason after his 11-year tenure with the Baltimore Ravens was effectively ended by 2018 first-rounder Lamar Jackson. Before the draft, Flacco made it clear he wouldn’t be thrilled to play alongside another high draft pick (who would?) — and then the Broncos moved up in the second round to select the big-armed Lock.
See Rosenthal’s full comments on the Lock-Flacco situation here.
If the Broncos can stay competitive early in the 2019 season, Lock will benefit from being able to sit behind Flacco. If the team struggles during the first few games, though, calls to play Lock will start to get louder.