College: Missouri | Rookie
Height: 6'4" | Weight: 228 lbs
Birth Date: 11/10/1996
2020 Bye Week: 8
Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 QB
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Offseason workout restrictions because of COVID-19 are making things difficult for all NFL teams this year, but it might be even more difficult for a young Denver Broncos team with a second-year quarterback in Drew Lock, who doesn't even have a full year of experience under his belt and is learning a new system under offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. Denver has newcomers in running back Melvin Gordon III and Graham Glasgow, as well as rookies Jerry Jeudy, K.J. Hamler and Lloyd Cushenberry on offense, all of which are expected to start in 2020. Lock has all the weapons around him to take a big step in Year 2, but the limited offseason work with the squad could stunt his development and/or cause the Broncos to get off to a slow start out of the gates. He'll merely be a low-end to midrange QB2 that will need to prove it over a full season before fantasy owners completely buy in.
Denver Broncos general manager John Elway has been looking for an adequate replacement under center since Peyton Manning retired after bringing a third Super Bowl title to the city of Denver. Elway liked what he saw from Drew Lock in his rookie season in 2019. "I think with the way Drew played at the end of last year, we saw the signs of a guy that has a chance to be very successful in this league," Elway said. The Broncos started six different QBs in the first 59 games after Manning's retirement. Lock spent much of his first season on Injured Reserve after a preseason thumb injury, but he won four of the final five games when he entered the lineup to close the season. He completed 64.1 percent of his passes for 1,020 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. He also led two game-winning drives. The Broncos think that they've hit on their guy in Lock, which is why they have added plenty of offensive weapons around him heading into 2020. There is upside in Lock's arm, but he'll continue to be more of a midrange QB2 for fantasy owners until he can prove successful over a full season in the NFL.
The Denver Broncos used the No. 83 pick in the 2020 NFL draft to select LSU center Lloyd Cushenberry. Cushenberry earned first-team All-SEC honors after his 2019 season while appearing in all 15 of LSU's games during their national title-winning campaign. The junior is regarded as a starter-quality center, although he does possess limited lateral quickness, which can be an issue against athletic pass rushers. The addition of Cushenberry should go a long way toward protecting second-year quarterback Drew Lock in 2020 and beyond.
The Denver Broncos used their second-round pick on Penn State wide receiver K.J. Hamler at pick No. 46. This is an interesting pick, as the Broncos used their first-round pick on Jerry Jeudy, so they have clearly made it a priority to add weapons for quarterback Drew Lock. At 5-foot-9, Hamler doesn't boast elite size, but he is an explosive route runner with good quickness. He'll enter his rookie season third on the depth chart behind Courtland Sutton and Jeudy. Hamler can be a threat down the field eventually, but he'll be more of a dynasty/keeper asset right off the bat.
The Denver Broncos are signing center Graham Glasgow to a four-year, $44 million deal on Monday. The deal includes $26 million in guarantees. Glasgow will help solidify the team's center spot in 2020 and beyond. The 27-year-old has started 58 of his 62 games for the Lions in the first four seasons of his career and should be an upgrade over what Denver has used at the position recently. Upgrading the offensive line is a huge priority as they look to protect second-year quarterback Drew Lock.