NAME: Drew Lock
JERSEY: No. 3
RECRUITMENT RATING: 4-star
WT: 225 lbs
PROS: Size, height and physical tools are all desirable. Arm strength for distance is very impressive. Upper-body mechanics are pretty clean, over-the-top, snappy delivery. Velocity checks the box. Good poise in the pocket, keeps his eyes downfield and doesn’t panic easily.
Has made every throw on tape, including a couple money shots on the corner route (one of the toughest patterns to hit). Not deterred by tight windows, flashes a gunslinger mentality but clearly showed improved decision-making from the year before. Has shown the ability to drop dimes on nine routes, even when under pressure. Good enough athlete to extend outside of structure, although it will never be his forte. Flashes of control and strong play when down/tied late are encouraging.
CONS: Sails some passes and can go through mini-bouts of inaccuracy. Deep ball is all over the place, especially down the sideline. Can be in the bread-basket or several yards out of bounds. Touch passes around the end zone are often overthrown. Mental processing will be a concern, must learn not to pre-determine his throws and instead respond to what the defense is giving him. Ball placement is spotty at times, puts in-breaking route throws on receiver’s back hip, curl/hitch throws a tad inside.
While decision-making is clearly improving, will still lock onto reads and lead safeties to the football at times. Eye manipulation and full-field processing are areas to improve. Must focus on following through with his trail foot rather than all-arming passes. Sails throws as a result, lacking control and leading to turnover-worthy plays. From time-to-time, falls off his platform when releasing throws. As you can probably tell, overall consistency for Lock is the biggest concern.