When Drew Lock answered a question about the NFL after a recent Missouri football practice, the quarterback from Lee’s Summit’s tone carried a bit of annoyance, which made sense. The junior, who has helped the Tigers win four straight games, is still working toward making his first bowl game.
“I think it’d be awesome to make it happen this year, keep winning, keep the streak alive,” Lock said last week when asked about his legacy. “But I think I definitely want more out of the year to come.”
So it’s decided? He’s staying for his senior year, even though he might finish the season with with the most touchdown passes in the country?
“It’s not a front runner in my mind right now,” Lock said about the NFL. “I’m focused on these upcoming games. But if the opportunity presents itself, then that’s just a decision that was eventually going to have to be made.”
There’s a good chance the NFL Draft advisory board does not give him a first- or second-round grade, meaning it will tell him to return to school. But the board is conservative, and draft analysts believe Lock’s physical traits would give him a chance to go between the second and fifth rounds of the seven-round draft, if he decides to leave MU after this season. How high he goes will depend on what he reveals about his mental makeup and football knowledge in meetings with NFL decision makers.
“One thing he’s always felt is physically he has the tools to make it to the highest level,” said Andy Lock, the quarterback’s father. “But a lot of things have to go…