Lock was the 42nd overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, and he started his career strong winning four of his first five games. His recent struggles have been turnover problems, throwing 18 touchdowns to 17 interceptions in his last 16 starts, coinciding with a 4-12 record.
Although, knowing the coach Pete Carroll is, Lock will likely play in a more conservative offensive system, with a coach who values taking care of the football.
Also, look at the receivers Drew Lock has played with in his career at Denver. This past season none of the Denver Broncos receivers finished higher than 46th in receiving yards. The Seahawks had two receivers in DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett who finished in the top 30 in receiving yards, with Lockett finishing ninth in the league with 1,175 yards receiving.
Why Drew Lock can actually be the Seahawks quarterback in 2022
Denver also has never had a top 5 rusher in the league during Lock’s time in Denver, as there best running back was Melvin Gordon in 2020, who finished 10th in rushing with 986 rushing yards. The Broncos also gave up the 12th most sacks in the NFL in 2021, with 40 sacks against them.
If the Seahawks surround Lock with better receivers, a better running back, a stronger offensive line, and a better coach, who knows maybe his production will increase? Ryan Tannehill was one of the worst QBs in the NFL in 2018 with a QBR of 33.2 which ranked 32nd out of 33 QBs. When Tannehill left Miami and went to Tennessee the next year his QBR increased from 33.2 to 64.2 good for ninth in the league.
Drew Lock’s average QBR for the last three seasons is 38.3 so maybe a change of scenery is all he needs. With all picks and cap space the Seahawks cleared and acquired from this trade with Denver, the Seahawks can build a strong offensive line, add another receiver, and rebuild their defense.
The Seahawks have plenty of flexibility with lots of draft capital and cap space to make moves, the question is will they use that to find another QB? They could decide to just build around Drew Lock and help him be successful. Instead of drafting another QB, finding one in free agency, or trading some of the picks they just acquired in the Wilson deal to find another player to fit the position.
With plenty of holes to fill on the rest of the roster, it is likely the Seahawks will ride out 2022 with Lock or another free agent QB. Currently, the Seahawks have just two QBs on the roster in Drew Lock and Jacob Eason. They could bring in someone else to compete in the preseason, but they should still give Lock the benefit of the doubt to be their starter going forward.