Drew Lock taken before Kyler Murray, Matt Ryan, Teddy Bridgewater in NFL redraft for 2020

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (3) was 4-1 in his five starts last season.

Is Drew Lock mania coming to the NFL?

The Denver Broncos quarterback, who only played in five games last season, is suddenly receiving some hype for the upcoming season.

One example?

ESPN recently did a draft with every NFL player available to be picked.

Lock went No. 15 overall.

Yes, No. 15.

He was the eleventh quarterback taken in the redraft and went ahead of 21 other quarterbacks, including Matt Ryan, Teddy Bridgewater and Kyler Murray.

Yes, the reigning NFL offensive rookie of the year Kyler Murray, who was No. 17 on the list overall and the 13th quarterback taken in the redraft.

Lock completed 100 of his 156 attempts (64.1%) in his five games last season.

He had seven touchdown passes and threw three interceptions. He passed for 1,020 yards. He also rushed for 72 yards.

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Murray completed 349 of his 542 attempts (64.4%) in his 16 starts.

He threw for 3,722 yards, 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also rushed for 544 yards and four touchdowns.

Evidently, ESPN is taking Lock's win percentage into account in its redraft.

That's about the only edge the QB had over Murray last season.

Lock went 4-1 in his five starts. Murray's team was 5-10-1 on the season.

ESPN's Jeff Legwold wrote this of his selection of Lock: "Working off the five-year window, the line between current production and youth with room to grow had to be considered with the selections. The quarterbacks came off the board quickly with 10 already gone, so I made my biggest gamble on potential with Lock.”

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Arizona Cardinals' Kyler Murray speaks to the media after receiving the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award last season.

ESPN's Field Yates wrote this of Murray in a recap of the quarterbacks selected in the redraft: "While we’ve seen just one year of Murray to this point, this feels like the possible steal of the draft. Murray is in line for a mammoth second season and is a blue-chip prospect to build Team Archer around. With sensational accuracy and limitless athletic ability, Murray will evolve into one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the league. This is a great pick."

That's a crazy place for Lock to be picked, right?

NBC Sports recently ranked all 32 starting quarterback in the NFL for 2020 and it had Lock at No. 27.

It had Murray at No. 17.

Does that seem more reasonable?

Time will only tell if Lock or Murray ends up being the better NFL quarterback.

But after the limited sample size that we have from last season, wouldn't you have to give the current edge to Murray?

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More praise for Lock

National radio host Colin Cowherd is apparently on the Drew Lock bandwagon.

He recently discussed the Broncos quarterback's MVP candidacy (yes, MVP candidacy) on his show saying "Drew Lock is the pop guy in the NFL this season."

Cowherd has been high on Kyler Murray as well.

In April, he called the Cardinals quarterback the best athlete in the world.

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