The Denver Broncos made a big move this offseason, trading for former Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson. Part of the deal sent quarterback Drew Lock to the Seattle Seahawks in what will be a new start for the former second-round pick.
Lock has not done enough to this point in his career to be considered a trustworthy starting quarterback, boasting an 8-13 record as a starter in three seasons with the Broncos.
However, it seems that he has a believer in teammate Noah Fant, who was also a part of the trade for Wilson this offseason.
Fant told reporters on Tuesday that he believes Lock can become a franchise quarterback in the NFL if he reaches his full potential.
“Drew’s biggest attribute is his arm,” said Fant. “He’s made some insane throws in the time that we’ve played together. He has all the talent in the world… I think he has all the opportunity and all the talent in the world to get it done and be that franchise guy.”
Noah Fant on Drew Lock: "Drew's biggest attribute is his arm. He's made some insane throw in the time that we've played together. He has all the talent in the world. … I think he has all the opportunity and all the talent in the world to get it done and be that franchise guy."
— Curtis Crabtree (@Curtis_Crabtree) April 5, 2022
While Lock does have very good arm talent, we have seen numerous rocket-armed quarterbacks fail in the NFL before. That’s a point that many around the NFL world brought up when talking about Fant’s comments.
So did Jeff George, Jay Cutler, Ryan Leaf
— S.K. (@SKar1789) April 5, 2022
Jamarcus Russell and Ryan leaf also had enormous talent
— 🏄🏼♂️ (@Bryon40000565) April 5, 2022
Many also thought that this was just Fant sticking up for his quarterback, which is really the most likely scenario here.
Was he supposed to say anything different? It would've been news if he said Drew Lock didn't have the talent to be a franchise QB
— P (@justwinbaby32) April 5, 2022
It’s unclear whether or not Lock will end up being the starting quarterback heading into next season. The Seahawks could end up bringing in another quarterback in the upcoming NFL Draft or could decide to trade for someone like Baker Mayfield.
If Lock is the guy for the Seahawks, he will have some solid receivers in DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett to throw to. So if he is ever going to break out in the NFL, next season may very well be his chance.