Drew Lock put a lot of Missouri fans that root for the Chiefs in a tough spot Friday.
The Denver Broncos selected Lock, the Missouri senior quarterback, in the second round of Friday’s NFL Draft with the 42nd overall pick. Lock was the first Mizzou prospect to be drafted, others including wideout Emanuel Hall and defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. could follow when the draft concludes with rounds 4-7 on Saturday.
A Lee’s Summit native and Chiefs fan growing up, Lock knows what he’s getting into as he heads west to play for his childhood enemy.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be able to go back to Kansas City and hopefully get a couple wins with ‘the bad guys,” he said on a conference call with Broncos reporters.
Lock was chosen one selection after Denver picked Kansas State offensive lineman Dalton Risner.
The 6-foot-4 Lock was the fourth signal-caller taken in the draft, behind Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray (No. 1 overall), Duke’s Daniel Jones (No. 6), and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins (No. 15). Murray went to the Arizona Cardinals, while the New York Giants took Jones with the most surprising pick of the first round. Haskins, a Maryland native, went to Washington. Many thought Lock had a chance to be the second quarterback off the board behind Murray, but Jones changed that.
Instead of returning to the green room on Friday, Lock elected to watch the draft a few blocks away at agent Tom Condon’s office.
Lock is leaving MU as one of the best quarterbacks in program history. His 12,193 career passing yards and 99 touchdowns rank second to Chase Daniel at Mizzou and those marks rank second and third in conference history.
Broncos general manager and NFL legend John Elway tweeted shortly after Lock’s selection that the former MU quarterback will compete to be the backup behind new starter Joe Flacco. Elway watched Lock in Missouri’s final regular season game against Arkansas and hosted Lock on a predraft visit.
The Broncos passed on Lock twice in the first round and once in the second before selecting him.
In Denver, Lock joins a Broncos team that will likely sit him for the first few seasons behind Flacco.
On Thursday, Lock joked that he’s never held a clipboard or donned a team hat, the common look for a backup quarterback, and will have to readjust his wardrobe. After years in the spotlight, Lock is looking forward to having a mentor in Flacco, a Super Bowl winner with the Ravens.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be able to go in there and learn from a guy like that,” Lock said. “Just to get under him and see what he’s all about. Learn from a, I’ll say it again, learn from a Super Bowl-winning quarterback. I couldn’t be more excited to be able to go in there and do that. Just be the best teammate I can be right off the bat.”
Lock will have a familiar face in Denver in center Connor McGovern, who blocked for Lock as a freshman in 2015. Lock said he got a text from McGovern congratulating him, but hasn’t been able to fully read the message since his phone blew up with text messages.
As a freshman in 2015, Lock took over for a suspended Maty Mauk, but led Mizzou to a 5-7 finish in Gary Pinkel’s final season. Lock said he’s looking forward to the reunion.
“He’s going to see a different guy,” Lock said of McGovern. “He’s going to see a mature quarterback who hopefully wins him some more games in the future than I won him his senior year. I’m excited for him to see the kind of player I am now and the kind of quarterback I’ve developed into being, and hopefully win a couple games with him playing.”
Missouri fans hope they just don’t do it in Kansas City.