Drew Lock: I’d rather go No. 32 to the right team than No. 1 to a bad team

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It goes without saying that most players want to be drafted as early as possible: There’s more prestige, and more money, in being a high pick.

But Missouri quarterback Drew Lock doesn’t see it that way. Lock says he wants to go to the right team, and he thinks he might be better off developing with a good team that has a low pick than ending up on a bad team with a high pick. In fact, Lock told Don Banks of Patriots.com that he would love to be Tom Brady‘s understudy.

“I’d 100 percent rather go 32nd to the right team than No. 1 to a bad team,’’ Lock said. “If that happened [being drafted by the Patriots], I’d be honored for sure. Tom’s obviously there for a couple more years, but to be able to sit behind a guy like that and learn from one of the best quarterbacks of all time — if not the best — I think that’s an ideal situation for any quarterback.’’

Would the Patriots draft Lock if he’s still there at No. 32? It’s possible they’ll draft a quarterback to serve as Brady’s successor, but it seems more likely they’ll try to draft someone at another position who can help them win another Super Bowl while Brady is still there, rather than someone who will stand on the sidelines as long as Brady is still there. But if Lock gets drafted by a team where he’ll be a backup, he’s fine with that.

67 responses to “Drew Lock: I’d rather go No. 32 to the right team than No. 1 to a bad team

  1. The rookie wage scale makes this less of an issue. With QB’s, it’s ALL about that second contract. Just put yourself in position to cash in when that time comes.

  2. He knows exactly what hes doing… and I don’t blame him. At the end of the day, being put in a bad situation will impact your $$$. There are plenty of QBs in this league that didnt get a second contract but would have if they had the right direction.

  3. He’s saying that because he knows his chances of going number 1 overall are non existent, ZERO!!! It’s still a really stupid comment to make, because in his mind he think’s he is going in the 1st round but easily could end up falling to the top of round 2. What if one of the teams in the top 5-10 picks him in round 2? What if the Giants take him at 6th? or even 39th? What if the Bronco’s take him at #10? Really dumb comment by a kid who’s not yet in the NFL but wants a team to take a chance on him paying him millions along the way. An intelligent QB would of kept his mouth shut instead of trying to call his shot, especially a QB who is the 3rd or 4th best QB in this class on a lot of boards.

  4. I wouldn’t want to go to Arizona either. Hell my parents live there and I refuse to visit them. The state should be given back to Mexico if it didn’t add to the miles needed to build the wall around three sides of the state.

  5. Gotta love a leader that wants success handed to him instead of inspiring and, well, leading others to greatness. Hopefully NE takes him so he can live up to replacing Brady when he’s done

  6. Reminds me of the Pats fans who always ask me how I can root for a team that isn’t a “winner.”

  7. In other words, I need the team to carry me.

    Didn’t he say Jay Cutler was ‘the man’ too ?

    Talk about going off the draft board

  8. “Damn Millenials”


    Millennials were born between 1980-1994. Drew Lock was born in late 1996.

    Most people think Millenials are all younger aged people. Not the case.

  9. A lot of QB’s were in the NFL for quite a few years….until they showed they couldn’t play. Worse things in life than being a career NFL backup.

  10. Well, Cards are a bad team and noticeably don’t invest in or treat their current QB that well.

  11. Colt is doing just fine backing up all of them at $9million a year. Lock can do that for three or four years with the right team.

  12. blynch67 says:
    April 24, 2019 at 8:30 pm
    You’ll go to whoever picks you, and you’ll like it.

    Damn Millenials
    So Bo Jackson, John Elway, and Eli Manning are Millenials now? They all told lousy teams to shove it and either didn’t sign/play at all that year (Jackson) or forced a trade (Elway/Eli).

  13. But if he goes as the the number 33 pick, he would be on the same bad team if he was chosen #1 overall. (Assuming AZ has the 33rd pick).

    What a bunch of drivel.

    What he is really saying is “I want to play for the Patriots.”

  14. Guess he doesn’t have a lot of belief in his ability to play or be a leader. I’d hoist a red flag if I were drafting.

  15. He may also not realize that almost every year it seems some team trades into that 32 spot to get that 5th year option. A team that has a need for a player. Quite likely to be a different bad team if they need a QB but your mileage may vary. If so, you make a lot less money to get beat up on a bad team.

  16. He said what every player is thinking. Does anyone think any player wants to be drafted by teams who can’t put together winning teams? At least he is honest.

  17. I am a competitor. I would like to go to a team where I can make a difference. Those are usually the bad teams, who incidentally tend to pick early. That is how legacies are made.

  18. Sounds like a smart kid. Doesn’t matter if you’re picked first or 32nd, the big money will come with contract #2. Get with the right team at the right time and you could end up with a ring or two (or 5).

  19. vancouversportsbro says:

    April 24, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    Wow, shots fired at the Cardinals.

    Look at Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold, they took a bad team as a challenge and have done well.

    LOL, The Jets didn’t show much improvement with Darnold–they finished 4-12, fired the coach and are picking 3rd overall.

  20. Kid doesn’t sound to bright. I mean sure he probably she’s some teams he doesn’t want to go to but there is nothing he can do about it.do about it.
    Sounds like LeBron, surround we with stars so I,I,I can win titles.

  21. What he’s trying to say is he doesn’t want John Elway ruining his career by drafting him.

  22. Seems smart really. Yes, Baker went to the Browns but he has grit. Plus Landry and OBJ, that helps. But really, Lock does better with mid-late round teams. He just doesnt seem like a Top 15 talent to me. So all the better

  23. I’d rather not draft any of these QB’s this year in the 1st round. But at least by saying what he said he admits he’d be better off holding a clipboard for a couple of years.

  24. Smart young man remember Cassell and Garrapalo Brady’s back up got starters money for being his understudy….

  25. arcross12042004scorp15 says:
    April 24, 2019 at 9:44 pm
    Red Flag for me.
    I prefer the Troy Aikmen, Peyton Manning type who go to the worst team and stick around and win a Superbowl


    As opposed to Eli Manning, who said he wouldn’t play for the team which drafted him. Or rather his dad said it.

  26. Maybe just maybe he has seen great college QBs fail miserably in the NFL and realizes that learning the NFL system is what he needs to do. Better than getting sacked 52 times and be out the league real fast.

  27. freefromwhatyouare says:
    April 24, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Millennials were born between 1980-1994. Drew Lock was born in late 1996.

    Most people think Millenials are all younger aged people. Not the case.


    Millennials, also known as Generation Y or Gen Y, are the demographic cohort following Generation X and preceding Generation Z. Researchers and popular media typically use the early 1980s as starting birth years and the mid-1990s to early 2000s as ending birth years.

  28. He will certainly fit in nicely as Aaron Rodgers understudy for the next few years in Green Bay.as everyone knows,life will be gloomy in Titletown once AR retires unless they have a very good young qb who has been sitting and learning for a few years from a future Hall of Fame qb like AR did under Favre.if they think this kid is that qb at the 30th pick then take him for the future of the franchise if he is still available.

  29. Usually that means you’re not a very good player and need others to make you look good if what team you go to determines whether you succeed or not. Josh Rosen said something similar and look at how great he’s doing.

    Chasing “the right team” doesn’t make you a legend it makes you a backup journeyman watching the guy who actually made the team who drafted him the right team thrive.

  30. These replies sound like old women at a quilting bee: who got insulted about their grandkids. Lock is doing politics. He is playing the field; and he will act accordingly based upon the situation — who wouldn’t? Lock is the most NFL-ready QB in the draft — and will only get better in a year, as his stats prove — and he’s the only QB who actually has experience. If you want a Mahomes 2.0, then Lock is the closest off-axis shooter you’re going to get.

  31. stephanebonics says:
    April 24, 2019 at 8:36 pm
    The rookie wage scale makes this less of an issue. With QB’s, it’s ALL about that second contract.

    OK let’s look at last years contracts for comparision:

    Darnold #3 pick contract terms: $30.34mil 4yr fully guaranteed = $7.56mil/yr

    Jackson #32 pick contract terms: $9.47mil 4yr w/$8.05 guaranteed = $2.36mil/yr

    Over $20mil difference from #3 to #32, that’s HUGE!

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