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Lack of Leadership, Quiet Personality Could Hurt Lock

Updated Aug. 15, 2018
By Charlie Campbell. Follow Charlie on Twitter @draftcampbell.

The NFL has an insatiable demand for franchise quarterbacks, so a player like Missouri's Drew Lock is going to be a highly studied prospect after setting the SEC record for touchdown passes in a season with 44. The 6-foot-3, 226-pounder broke out in 2017, completing 58 percent of his passes for 3,964 yards with only 13 interceptions to his 44 scores. Lock enters the 2018 season in the running to be one of the top quarterback prospects for the 2019 NFL Draft, but team sources say that his quiet personality and an absence of vocal leadership skills could hurt him with some teams.

League contacts say that Lock's personality is similar to Eli Manning with the Giants. Lock is a quiet guy and not a vocal "rah-rah" leader who takes over the room. He does not like to be the center of attention and is a little nerdy. Some general managers and coaches want their quarterback to be a commanding personality to lead the team, but Lock does not fit that type of player.

While Lock is not a vocal leader, sources say he is smart with a good football I.Q. He learns quickly and is fast to pick things up. He also knows where he's supposed to go with the ball and is able to translate what he learns in the classroom to the field.

Scouts who have been to Missouri fall camp say that Lock's arm is legit. He has a rifle and is a good athlete. They say that he can really spin it and is able to make every throw required in the NFL. Sources label his skill set and athleticism as similar to Jay Cutler offset by a nice guy personality that is similar to Manning.

Some teams don't care if their quarterback is a vocal leader. They don't mind if he is a quiet, understated player in the locker room. Others want them to be a commanding leader that is very vocal. Thus, Lock could have some teams that are lukewarm on him because of his quiet personality.






Other Schools Watchlist Info

Updated Aug. 7, 2018
By Charlie Campbell. Follow Charlie on Twitter @draftcampbell.

In keeping with a series looking ahead to 2019, I caught up with scouts who have done advance work on the 2019 class. While the majority of NFL scouting departments are meeting in the month of April to finish their draft boards ahead of the impending NFL Draft, some team scouts are on the road traveling to college campuses to start work on the draft that is a year away. These scouts share their player ratings with scouting services like National and Blesto. Almost every team in the NFL is either a member in National or Blesto, with more teams a part of National. In May, the Blesto teams, including the Bills, Giants, and Steelers, met in Florida to go over 2019 NFL Draft prospects. In continuing the series, this week's topic is how other top schools stack up with NFL prospects this year. Recently, we disclosed that Ohio State had the most players graded out as having early-round potential - nine - on team's preseason watch lists.

While the Buckeyes lead the way with nine players viewed as having early-round potential entering the 2018 season, a few other universities are close to the Buckeyes. The school that came just a hair from tying Ohio State was Clemson, which had eight players on the preseason watch list. The Tigers were all alone in second place. There was a large tie for second place with Alabama, Notre Dame and Washington having seven prospects.

There were some other interesting totals on the watch list. Another sign of parity in college football was Kentucky having five prospects and Missouri having four prospects to lead the SEC East, with Florida only having two players. A depressing sign for local recruiting in the power house state, Florida, Florida State and Miami combined for only six players.

Here is a tally of some of the schools of note and the amount of prospects who made the preseason watch list circulated among NFL teams.

Clemson - 8
Notre Dame - 7
Alabama - 7
Washington - 7
Kentucky - 5

Missouri - 4
Mississippi State - 4
USC - 4
Oklahoma - 4
Wisconsin - 4

Auburn - 3
Boston College - 3
N.C. State - 3
Northwestern - 3
Texas - 3

Florida - 2
Florida State - 2
Miami - 2
Michigan - 2




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