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LANDRY: NFL teams will 'reach' to pick Drew Lock in first round

"I wouldn’t be surprised if he started to go off the board in the middle of the first round, but I think someone would be reaching at that point, but that's what people do for quarterbacks."

April 25, 2019 - 4:15 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Mizzou quarterback Drew Lock is a consensus first-rounder in the 2019 NFL Draft, which begins Thursday night in Nashville, but KMOX football expect Chris Landry believes he may be a first-round pick only by desperation from NFL teams.

Landry, who is a regular guest on KMOX's Sports Open Line, told Mike Claiborne during a podcast for ClaibsOnline.com he wouldn't be surprised to see Lock slip out of the first round.

"Drew’s a very talented individual physically. While I thought he struggled some in big games, in big moments, I think there is a lot there to him," Landry says. "I think he can make plays from within the pocket and do a lot of things really, really well. But in terms of pocket presence, understanding progressive reads of pro route concepts, I think there are a lot of things that he's got some work to do with.

"Is he a guy that I think has a chance (to make it in the NFL)? Absolutely.  Do I think he is a first round talent? I do not. Do I think he is going in the first round? Yes, I do. Quarterbacks are overvalued. I wouldn’t be surprised if he started to go off the board in the middle of the first round, but I think someone would be reaching at that point, but that's what people do for quarterbacks."

As far as other Mizzou draft hopefuls go, Landry says defensive lineman Terry Beckner Jr. and wide receiver Emanuel Hall both going in the late rounds. But if they aren't selected, he sees both players being signed as free agents on someone's squad.

To listen to the full conversation, head to ClaibsOnline.com.

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