The college football season is now in full tilt and with this comes speculation on who the best players are at each position and who will be drafted where when April rolls around.
A quarterback with a lot of buzz surrounding him is the Missouri Tigers product Drew Lock. He has his own issues with not going through reads and poor pocket awareness, not exactly uncommon problems in young college quarterbacks.
Lock should still be regarded as a top quarterback in this draft with Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham and West Virginia’s Will Grier, even if the box score didn’t reflect it in a 43-29 loss to the Georgia Bulldogs.
Lock’s final stat line was 23-48 for 221 yards and one interception as well as five rushes for 22 yards and a rushing touchdown.
The glaring issue in that stat line is the interception, however, that can’t be blamed on Lock. It was a pass thrown on the money to wide receiver Jonathan Johnson, but he was unable to haul it in resulting in an easy pick.
It also should be noted that Lock’s pass catchers were very inconsistent, especially in the first half.
Star wide receiver Emanuel Hall had been injured in the game against Purdue and he was not at his best today which was evident in him not even recording a catch. This shut down the deep passing game, where Lock excels, forcing others to do more. Albert Okwuegbunam did just that. The 6’5″ tight end was productive with 9 receptions and 81 yards on the day however he did have multiple drops.
Lock was mostly on target all day. His 47.9 completion percentage is largely attributed to easy drops by pass catchers. Freshman running back Tyler Badie was dropping easy checkdown passes, Okwuegbynam had his woes, and Lock’s young crop of wide receivers without Hall, Johnson, and Nate Brown also had drops on purposely placed passes.
This is not to take away from Lock’s obvious issues. He tends to stare down receivers and isn’t very aware in the pocket and this leads to getting sacked. He has the mobility to scramble but he doesn’t see pressure coming all the time. All coachable faults.
Is Lock a better quarterback than Stidham or Grier? Only time will tell. However, the Missouri star is much better on film as the box score is very misleading.