Missouri quarterback Drew Lock is one of the more intriguing NFL Draft prospect cases in the SEC this season.
Lock had a career year for the Tigers, leading them to six straight wins and a 7-5 record. And as a junior, he could call it a collegiate career and try his luck in April’s NFL Draft.
And even after receiving an unfavorable grade from the NFL’s draft advisory board.
“I’m actually still considering it, due to things I have heard otherwise,” Lock told the Kansas City Star’s Aaron Reiss.
The advisory board only gives prospects three grades: First round, second round or return to school. According to the Kansas City Star, Lock was told he should return to Mizzou.
But there could be other factors at play. Lock will be without his offensive coordinator, Josh Heupel, next season should he return to college. Heupel took the head coaching job at Central Florida this winter.
Jedd Fisch, who coached potential No. 1 overall pick Josh Rosen this season, is the lead candidate to replace Heupel.
Lock led the country in touchdown passes with 43 while throwing for 3,695 yards and just 12 interceptions. however, he did only complete 58 percent of his passes — a number that NFL teams would surely like to see rise before handing him the keys to a franchise.
But beyond personal development, Lock could benefit from taking another year in college. This is considered to be a very deep quarterback draft with at least six signal callers expected to get looked at in the first round: Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield, Mason Rudolph and Lamar Jackson.
Lock will make his decision following Missouri’s Texas Bowl showdown with Texas on Wednesday. Kickoff is at 9 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast on ESPN.