<
>
EXCLUSIVE CONTENT
Get ESPN+

Pro day takeaways: Why Drew Lock is getting top-10 NFL draft buzz

play
QB Drew Lock aiming to be top-10 pick (1:05)

Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins have grabbed a lot of headlines leading into the NFL draft. But don't overlook Missouri's Drew Lock. (1:05)

Missouri quarterback Drew Lock let it fly in the Tigers' pro day on Thursday ahead of April's 2019 NFL draft. He is currently my No. 3-ranked QB prospect and No. 18-ranked prospect overall. And he's showing why he deserves to be right there with Dwayne Haskins and Kyler Murray as first-round picks for QB-needy teams.

Here's what we learned from Lock's workout.


What was your biggest takeaway from the day?

This is a three-horse race. Lock isn't that far behind Murray and Haskins as the top quarterback in this class. The 6-foot-3, 228-pound quarterback is almost a combination of the two: He has the big frame of Haskins and the arm to hit all of his throws, but he also has the athleticism and mobility of Murray to create and buy time when he needs to. And Lock's pro day was tailored around that, showcasing his ability to make difficult throws look easy.

Consistency has come up as a strike against him, but you have to consider the full picture there. He didn't have the assets that Murray had at Oklahoma or Haskins had at Ohio State. There weren't any first-rounders lining up on the outside or high-end prospects on the offensive line.

Instead, Lock faced a loaded SEC schedule and navigated three different offensive coordinators over four years at Mizzou. Against SEC teams, he completed just 53.3 percent of passes, but that rose 10 percent when he faced nonconference opponents. When you even the playing field a little bit and look at what this kid can really do, there are three guys atop most teams' draft boards, not two.