Even with just hours remaining before the start of the 2021 NFL Draft, the rumor mill is churning out things that may require you to take them with enough grains of salt to spike your blood pressure. One of these rumors comes from Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, who thinks that our Minnesota Vikings might be in the backup quarterback market.
Here’s what he posted just a short time ago:
One veteran quarterback who could be moved this weekend: Denver third-year man Drew Lock. If the Broncos land Justin Fields or Trey Lance (which I think is a possibility), there’s a strong perception that Lock will be on the block starting Friday. One potential destination I’ve heard for Lock is Minnesota, a team that could use an affordable backup with upside. Carolina was one team I heard could be in the mix, but that’d be if they don’t draft one Thursday night (and I think they could).
Lock was selected by the Denver Broncos in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft out of Missouri. He’s started 18 games for the Broncos over the past two years, including 13 last season. Over that stretch, he has 23 touchdowns and 18 interceptions, and led the National Football League last year by throwing 15 picks despite missing three games.
Now, look, I’ve said numerous times that the prospect of playing Sean Mannion for extended periods of time if something were to happen to Kirk Cousins does absolutely nothing for me. But I just don’t think Lock is the kind of guy that you try to anticipate building a team around. Thus far he hasn’t really shown that he’s anything special, and the Broncos just made a trade with the Carolina Panthers for Teddy Bridgewater, which shows you what they seem to think about Lock’s long-term prospects.
I don’t hate the idea of the Vikings potentially dealing a draft pick for an “affordable backup with upside.” I just question whether or not Drew Lock is that guy.
What do you think of this idea, folks?