Drew Lock and the Missouri Tigers ended their season on a losing note in the team’s bowl game but that does not necessarily dampen the buzz surrounding the quarterback. In fact, Lock has come a long way in the eyes of many pundits that view the college game through an NFL prism and that likely aided in prompting the junior signal-caller to enter his name to the NFL’s Draft Advisory Council for evaluation.
Interestingly enough, though, Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch brings word from Lock, who let the world know that the council did not give him a grade high enough to land him within the first two rounds.
“They ended up telling me to come back to school. I’m actually still considering (entering the draft) due to things I’ve heard otherwise.”
It is unclear as to what Lock is referring to with regard to other factors that he has heard but one pertinent issue is Missouri’s offensive coordinator opening. In short, Josh Heupel is headed to be the head coach at UCF and, with names like UCLA’s Jedd Fisch reportedly in the mix, Lock indicated that he is waiting to make a decision until that hire is made.
“That’s why I’m waiting to make a decision to what could I squeeze out of (the next coordinator). What could I learn from him rather than jumping ahead and possibly missing the opportunity to learn from a great mind that may have been in the NFL and may have coached really good quarterbacks?”
Missouri likely should not be making a coordinator hire based purely on Lock’s tacet approval but, in the same breath, it would be huge for the Tigers if he were to return for one additional season in Columbia. The 6’4″ junior threw for nearly 4,000 yards with a jaw-dropping 44 touchdowns and, simply put, there isn’t an expectation that his replacement could replicate that in what could be a pivotal 2018 campaign.
Lock is among the quarterbacks with very interesting decisions and his choice has a particularly riveting set of circumstances.