The Seahawks Lazarus Project: Bring back Drew Lock and make him Geno’s protégé.
Not everyone agrees with this particular opinion I hold, especially in retrospect, but what I saw from Drew Lock last preseason was not far off from what I saw from Geno. Smith’s accuracy was a bit more dialed in, and both QBs suffered from a lack of receiver depth. It’s fair to say, at least to me, that a lot of the preseason offensive struggles had to do with receivers being unable to separate from defenders and dropping passes on key downs.
Lock made better decisions than I was expecting, though. He doesn’t have Geno’s unwavering willingness to jackhammer the ball into any crevasse, but you could count on him to lead an offense with tempo and prudence. With time, he could absolutely develop into a quality starter.
However, Lock is already 26 and free from his rookie contract. That, of course, means that the Seahawks might get one year of Lock starting for backup money. Anything beyond that, they’re paying full price for.
Additionally, Lock does still have some accuracy issues to iron out. He’s a talented passer with a railgun strapped to his shoulder, but the calibrations are still a bit off. That’s something that can be fixed with practice, but it does still mean he’s a work in progress, with only marginally more polish than any potential draftee.
Lock isn’t a perfect prospect by any means. But with pre-programmed knowledge of the offense and above-average athleticism, in many ways, he’s a better prospect for Seattle’s future at QB than all but a few options.