John Elway may think he’s found the next John Elway.
The Denver Post reported that Elway, now the Broncos president and general manager, walked away from the Senior Bowl impressed with Missouri star quarterback Drew Lock.
“The worst-kept secret at the Senior Bowl: John Elway is smitten with Lock,” Denver Post reporter Mark Kiszla wrote.
The Broncos pick at No. 10 in April’s draft, and Lock is projected to be one of the top quarterbacks taken, along with Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins and Duke’s Daniel Jones. The Giants pick at No. 6 and the Jaguars at No. 7 with both — depending on how free agency unfolds — potentially interested in quarterbacks. Would Elway have to move up in the draft to get Lock?
“A connecting of the dots would suggest Elway and Co. are trying to fall in love with Lock,” Denver Post colleague Ryan O’Halloran said in the back-and-forth conversation with Kiszla.
“Elway was at the Arkansas-Missouri game in November. Elway was at the Senior Bowl practices for three days and barely left the quarterback group. I believe the Broncos are targeting multiple quarterbacks (as they should) and Lock is probably one of them (as he should be).”
There was talk for months that none of the quarterbacks in this draft match the hype that last year’s group garnered, but they have all been moving up mock draft boards. Lock had an up-and-down career for the Tigers with his accuracy being the biggest question mark. He finished his four-year career at Missouri with a 56.9 percent completion rate, though that number did go up each season.
“I think I [helped my case this week],” said Lock, who completed 9-of-14 passes for 57 yards for the victorious North team. “Being able to talk to teams, really get to know them on a personal level, that was a big thing I was looking forward to. And then just improving every single day in practice. So, I was happy with this week.”
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Elway led the Broncos to two Super Bowls on the field and coaxed Peyton Manning to Denver to help bring the franchise its third. But his acumen for finding the next franchise quarterback has been flawed. The biggest bust has been Paxton Lynch, whom the Broncos used a first-round pick on in 2016.
Lynch, who starred for Memphis in college, appeared in five games for the Broncos before being cut in September. Case Keenum will be entering his second year as the Broncos’ stopgap answer at the position, but the future is very much in question.
If Elway believes that much in Lock, he may be willing to take a risk to get him.