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.
Arm Accuracy –Struggles throwing with accuracy over the middle of the field. Needs to develop a better sense of touch passing to not let throws aimed over a body at the LOS to sail and miss high. Best placement throws are typically back shoulder tosses to the sideline.
Decision Making –Has some awful lapses of judgment when playing under pressure. Can look lost at times dropping back, locking into first read and will pull the trigger anyway. Ball security in games against top competition has been a big sore spot.
Progressions –Is slow to move his eyes across the field of play. Visibly caught processing and needs ample time to see a receiver uncover to be sure, otherwise likes to test tight man coverage and attempt to throw his receivers open despite lack of leverage.
Anticipation –Has sporadic flashes of spot throws and ability to release the ball before receivers are out of their break but by and large is reliant on seeing his target uncover in order to feel comfortable. Is late on too many throws as a result.
Poise –Is woefully bad under pressure. Will require excellent interior protection in order to protect him from high risk decisions and throws. Has minimal plan for handling pass rush. Does well to keep eyes down the field looking for targets but shows poor spatial awareness in doing so.
Arm Strength –Has ample strength to push and drive the ball. Capable of forcing throws through tight creases and eeking a pass in when needed. Ball arrives at the target with plenty of zip, defenders breaking late on passes will struggle to get home in time to challenge.
Pocket Awareness –Drifts away from the line of scrimmage and fades off his back foot when throwing into the face of pressure. Has to be better at climbing the pocket and forcing missed rush angles by going forward. Too often misses free running blitzers in protection.
Mechanics –Can be a bit lazy with his release and as a result ball will spray all over the field when trying to place. When able to get on top of the ball is able to generate some beautiful tosses, specifically when he’s in rhythm dropping out of the snap and throwing on time to first reads.
Footwork –Gets happy feet under pressure, will drift on his drop as the first sensation of pressure and therefore be misaligned when trying to throw in rhythm. Has to gather himself more quickly and be more conscious of weight distribution on quick set throws.
Mobility –Has a modest ability to pull the ball down and pick up gains on the ground. Isn’t going to win any foot races but is pretty effective when seeing a lane to pick up a head of steam and generate some chunk gains when defense has their back to the pocket in man coverage.
PLAYER COMPARISON – Paxton Lynch
BEST TRAIT – Arm Strength
WORST TRAIT – Decision Making
BEST FILM – Purdue (2018)
WORST FILM – Auburn (2017)
RED FLAGS – None
Missouri QB Drew Lock projects most favorably in a vertical passing offense. His limitations under duress make him a developmental prospect, he will need notable improvement in his composure under pressure and his throwing mechanics in tight spaces if he’s ever to reach his ceiling as a player. Physically gifted but underdeveloped mentally.