Maybe that was later than many, including Lock, thought he would be selected. But many of the reasons Broncos president of football operations/general manager John Elway said Lock is the quarterback “of the future” for the team can be seen in ‘Draft Academy,’ featured on ESPN+.
From Lock slinging some of his first touchdown passes while wearing No. 51 on his youth-football jersey to a surprise visit with his former AAU basketball coach Nodie Newton, the eight-part series shows Lock’s journey from the Senior Bowl to the combine and his pro day to this weekend’s draft.
Lock surprises Newton on a visit to his hometown of Kansas City and tells his former coach that the lesson “of just be tough” was something he passed along to team officials during his pre-draft visits. Amid home movies, piles of interviews and family photos, Lock jokes at one point about how long it used to take him “to fix my hair” before and after workouts.
Former NFL quarterback Jordan Palmer, who worked with Lock leading up to the draft, described Lock the same way the Broncos see him now.
“The raw tools are there,” Palmer said in one of the episodes. “It’s just the level of consistency … he’s got what it takes.”
Lock echoed those thoughts Saturday in his first appearance at the Broncos’ complex after being selected.
“I do have things to improve, I do have things to work on,” Lock said. “… But I’m ready to do that, and it’s meant to be [that] I do it here.”