1Change of scenery, change of outcomes?
Can Drew Lock realistically be better than a top 22-28 QB? His ceiling is capped by everything we saw from him in Denver. Perhaps a change of coaching personnel and teammates will right the ship for the former second-round draft pick.
2Poor ball security
Since Week 2 of 2020, he’s thrown 17 TD passes and 17 picks, primarily to receivers who would start on most NFL teams. In other words, Lock hasn’t struggled because of a lack of receiving talent. He has to improve his playmaking while also taking better care of the ball. There’s a very narrow path to significant growth.
3How patient will the Seahawks be if Lock struggles?
Lock’s hold on the starting job could be tenuous all season. Seattle presumably will look for their next franchise QB after this season, whether through free agency or the draft. This makes Lock’s already low ceiling even lower. There’s no guarantee a healthy Lock will still be slinging it deep into the season.
4How much could Seattle’s receivers elevate Lock?
Can DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett help elevate Lock (or even his old Denver teammate, Noah Fant)? It seems unlikely, but that question is the key.
5How much pass-catching help would Lock get from the backfield?
Will Chris Carson return? If not, it remains unclear which RB could inherit a meaningful pass-catching role. Rashaad Penny and Kenneth Walker III haven’t thrived in that capacity. Smith would need some cheap yards and scores, and it appears to be a long shot that he’d get that from his backfield.