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2019 Senior Bowl: Interview Drew Lock – QB (Missouri)

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Drew Lock – QB (Missouri)

Measurables:

Hgt: 6’ 3¾”

Wgt: 223 lbs.

Hand:  9”

Arm:  33½”

Wing:  77¼“

 

PROFILE:

SENIOR (2018): Led the SEC in passing attempts (437) and pass completions (275).  Was ranked 3rd in the SEC in passing yards (3,498).  His 12,193 career passing yards ranks him 2nd all-time in the SEC and his 99 career touchdown passes places him 3rd all-time in the SEC. Was selected to the second team All-SEC team.

JUNIOR (2017): Turned in one of the most prolific seasons in school and SEC history, thanks to his record-setting 44 passing touchdowns, breaking the single-season record for both. He also led the nation with those 44 touchdown passes in 2017 … Ended the season with 3,964 yards on 242-of-419 passing … His season passing efficiency mark of 165.67 broke the Mizzou single season record of 159.4 set in 2008 by Chase Daniel, and it ranked as fourth-best in the nation for the season … Also led the SEC in several other statistical categories, including passing efficiency, passing yards, total offense, passing yards per game (304.9 avg.), yards per completion (16.38 – also a nation-leading mark) and points responsible for (270) … Had nine games in all on the year where he struck for at least three scores through the air, including a school-record seven in the opener against Missouri State.  All those accomplishments earned him a first team All-SEC selection in 2017.

SOPHOMORE (2016): Finished the regular season ranked first in the SEC in passing yards (3,399) and second in passing yards per game (283.3) and yards per completion (14.34) … Posted top-20 marks nationally in all three categories as well, peaking at 10th nationally with his 3,399 passing yards … Also ranked second in the SEC in completions per game (19.75) and third in total offense (293.5)

FRESHMAN (2015): Lock took over as Missouri’s starting quarterback over the final eight games of his freshman year and played in all 12 games that season as a true freshman.

PERSONAL:  Lock’s father, Andy, played football at Mizzou, lettering four years as an offensive lineman. His grandfather, Jerry, also played at Missouri in 1961-62.

 

 

On what he can take from watching Baker Mayfield become a starter right away in his rookie season and have the kind of success he did this past season.

I can take a lot, but I also think the league can take a lot from it.  You don’t have to necessarily sit a guy for a long time.  Guys coming in after their fourth year (in college) playing for the first time.  You saw a lot of rookies play this year.  Pat (Mahomes) obviously sat behind Alex Smith there for a minute.  I think the league is absolutely realizing that these young guys can come in and get it done for you.  And I think it saves them a little penny too. 

 

On playing the 2017 season with wide receiver J’Mon Moore (a 2018 Senior Bowl participant – drafted by the Packers) and what he missed about not having him around this past season.

J’Mon was awesome.  I definitely missed him on the field but I definitely missed him in the locker room a lot more.  Just being around him, being his friend … I enjoyed being around him.  We meet each other every once in a while.  … J’Mon was great.  I enjoyed being around him all the time.  Definitely missed some of the plays he made for us.

 

On what he thought about playing in the SEC and how that may have prepared more for transitioning to the NFL.

The competition is unreal in the SEC.  If you look at the people who are at this game (Senior Bowl), there’s probably a fat chunk from the SEC.  It’s different.  Guys are bigger, guys are faster, guys are moving around at really high speeds.  You’ve got to make decisions quicker.  I think that definitely relates to the NFL as far as body-wise and speed.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s going to get better.  For me it’s going to get faster, I’m going to get smarter … start recognizing things on defense instead of just acting out what the coaches call.

 

On whether there were any quarterbacks that he idolized growing up.

Definitely Chase Daniel (former Missouri quarterback).  Loved watching Chase.  He was a really good team leader. 

 

On whether he feels he can be a day-one starter in the NFL

Yeah, I do.  I feel like that’s all of our goals here at this game right now.  We’re at this game – we should be able to do it.  We should be able to step into a locker room and suck up things slowly and pick up a game plan, pick up the play book and learn it as fast as you can. 

 

On what he thinks is the best advice he’s gotten from the coaches here at the Senior Bowl.

It’s just be loud, be crisp with your calls.  Coach Gruden talks about these college quarterbacks who clap but aren’t very verbal.  You’re going to get in a huddle, you gotta be confident, you gotta let these guys know that you’re here.  You’re here to sling it, you’re here to run this offense.  Being able to do that definitely would be big for me and the offense this week.

 

Recognizing that every year it seems there a few quarterbacks who come out of the Senior Bowl and go on to shine in the NFL – what does it mean to him to be invited and considered one of the top quarterbacks at this game?

Yeah, it was huge.  I was sitting there watching Dak (Prescott – 2016 Senior Bowl MVP).  Ended up I played against Dak my freshman year – he played his butt off his senior year.  So to be able to be in that kind of realm right there, I’d say that’s huge.  I want to be able to end this week on a really high note.  Trying to show people why I’m supposed to be here  … why I’m supposed to be one of the better quarterbacks in this class.

 

On what he thinks he will bring to an NFL team off the field.

I think off the field, I can bring multiple styles of leadership.  When it comes to my experiences at Mizzou, I had a lot of adversity that I went through.  I learned how to lead a team through bad times – whether that was bringing an individual aside if that’s how they better led, or there was some ripping into guys that responded best actually to some yelling, some vocals, some loud noises.  Over my time at Mizzou, I think I definitely figured out how to lead a team in different ways.

 



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