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BenFred: These numbers should help Drew Lock’s draft case

January 28, 2019

Just how much a quarterback can improve his draft stock at something like the Senior Bowl depends on whom you ask.

That said, Mizzou’s Drew Lock seems to have helped himself as much as possible during his week in Mobile, Ala.

Lock looks like he is trending up, and there are plenty of opportunities to continue to impress before draft day arrives on April 25.

“Quarterback Drew Lock of Missouri helped himself the most among quarterbacks, practicing and meeting teams well enough to likely earn a first-round look,” Peter King of NBC Sports reported in his tidbits from the Senior Bowl.

“He was the smoothest quarterback out there, and it wasn’t really that close,” said Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports, who has moved Lock up to No. 6 overall to the New York Giants in his most recent mock draft.

Lock completed 9 of 14 passes for 57 yards in the game. He did not throw an interception. What would have been one touchdown pass was dropped by a receiver. He also tried to break the Internet with an underhanded pass that looked like something Patrick Mahomes would try to pull off. (Keep that name, Mahomes, in mind for later.)

“Lock was more composed (than Duke’s Daniel Jones),” Wilson said. ” He went through his reads. He was much more confident in his reads. Better accuracy. A lot better arm strength. And he actually had a touchdown pass dropped in the end zone on a seam route. It was a great throw between two defenders, and the receiver just could not come up with it. Lock remains a first-round pick.”

The 22-year-old Lock shared a Senior Bowl breakfast with Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden. Oakland has the fourth overall pick. The Denver Broncos have also been linked to Lock. They hold pick No. 10.

These teams, and perhaps others, should examine the following numbers, if they have not already. They are the combined totals and averages from the following three quarterbacks’ final two college seasons.

Jared Goff at Cal (2014-15):

Passing Yards: 8,692

Yards per Attempt: 8.37

Completion Percentage: 63.3

Touchdowns: 78

Interceptions: 20

Rate: 154.6

Record: 13-12

Patrick Mahomes at Texas Tech (2015-16):

Passing Yards: 9,705

Yards per Attempt: 8.34

Completion Percentage: 64.6

Touchdowns: 77

Interceptions: 25

Rate: 152.2

Record: 12-13

Drew Lock at Mizzou (2017-18):

Passing Yards: 7,462

Yards per Attempt: 8.72

Completion Percentage: 60.4

Touchdowns: 72

Interceptions: 21

Rate: 156.5

Record: 15-11

Goff was drafted first overall in 2016. Mahomes was drafted 10th overall in 2017. Yet some people think Lock might not crack the first round?

Sorry, I’m not buying that.

He’s in great shape, with the combine and his pro day left to improve his stock.

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