Drew Lock competing with Kevin Hogan for Broncos backup QB job

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Denver Broncos rookie quarterback Drew Lock was at one time viewed as a potential first-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft, and despite his fall to the second round, is in position to win a backup job in his first season.

The Denver Broncos were considered the favorites to draft former Missouri quarterback Drew Lock in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft, with some draft analysts predicting they’d use dthe 10th overall pick on him. And while Lock did eventually become a Bronco, it wasn’t until the 42nd overall pick in Round 2.

When Lock was selected in the second round — with Joe Flacco currently on the roster — it seemed like he’d naturally fit in as Flacco’s backup. And that still may be the case, but he’ll have to win a competition against second-year quarterback Kevin Hogan to get there.

Currently, it’s Hogan who’s listed as the Broncoss’ No. 2 quarterback.

According to Broncos reports Mike Klis, Lock’s biggest issue so far has been his progressions.

"“Checking through his own receiver progressions and reading defenses will require time. Lock showed off his impressive skill set at times during the offseason but his decision-making was not yet ready for Sunday. “"

Klis also said that it’s not really about Hogan at all. Instead, it’s about Lock’s overall development.

"“In some ways, it doesn’t matter what Hogan does during training camp and the preseason in his bid to become Flacco’s backup. It’s more about how far along Lock develops. If it appears Lock needs more time, Hogan will be No. 2.”"

Klis went on to explain if Lock takes huge strides during training camp, Hogan may not even make the 53-man roster. Lock has the arm-talent to be an NFL starting quarterback, but his ability to fully operate the Broncos offense will be what determines when he’s ready to play.