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Drew Lock Drafted Shockingly High in ESPN's NFL Re-Draft

Max Staley
Drew Lock was drafted extremely high in an ESPN fantasy draft-style experiment.
Drew Lock was drafted extremely high in an ESPN fantasy draft-style experiment. / Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

Drew Lock is a talented player, and Denver Broncos fans are rightfully excited about the future of the offense with Lock at the helm. But that excitement might have reached a fever pitch this week.

In an interesting experiment, ESPN asked its NFL Nation writers from all 32 teams to come together to re-draft the entire league, with each writer serving as the GM for the team that they cover. And Broncos fans will be really pumped about Lock's landing spot in this re-draft.

That's right – Drew Lock was the No. 15 overall selection. He was the 11th QB off the board, taken right after Tom Brady and right before Matt Ryan. He was also selected ahead of fellow rising stars at the position like Kyler Murray (No. 17), Baker Mayfield (No. 21) and Tua Tagovailoa (No. 30).

Jeff Legwold was the man making the pick, and this is a pretty big endorsement of the second-year pro. He used two of his remaining three picks to surround Lock with talent, taking Travis Kelce in Round 2 and another Bronco in Courtland Sutton in Round 4. Arizona's Isaiah Simmons was his pick in Round 3.

Whether or not Lock is worth a selection that high is up for debate, but it's certainly a good sign that a writer who covers the team for a living has this much faith in the Missouri product.

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