The numbers don’t tell Drew Lock’s Senior Bowl story.
Lock, headed to April’s NFL Draft after a stellar four-year career at Missouri, finished with nine completions on 14 attempts for 57 yards and zero touchdowns in one quarter of play Saturday in Mobile, Alabama. Those numbers likely won’t impress anyone at first glance. Not when someone such as Bills quarterback Josh Allen threw for about three times as many yards and two touchdowns on the same number of passes at last year’s Senior Bowl.
A closer look, however, reveals that Lock helped his cause more than his numbers indicate.
The play Lock made that most impressed NFL Network draft analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis came during an incompletion before the field-goal attempt. He tried to fit the ball in a window to Terry McLaurin in the end zone, but McLaurin couldn’t complete the catch. Both analysts didn’t put that on Lock, though. Jeremiah said he loved Lock’s timing and how he drove the ball. Davis called it a well-thrown football.
So, what does Saturday’s performance mean for Lock’s draft stock? He didn’t put up eye-popping numbers similar to Allen, but he didn’t need to. Not after a strong week of practice, which is just as much a part of the Senior Bowl evaluation process. Before the game, Davis said Lock held the spot of No. 1 quarterback prospect at the Senior Bowl coming into the week.