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In news that should surprise no one, the Redskins will host Drew Lock for a pre-draft visit this week.

Lock is one of the top quarterback prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft class and will certainly be a first-round pick. It's entirely possible Lock won't last until the Redskins pick at 15, in fact, it's more likely he's gone than around when Washington gets on the clock.

NFL Network analyst Lance Zierlein compared Lock to Lions QB Matt Stafford, and NBC analyst Chris Simms told the Redskins Talk podcast that he prefers Lock to Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins

Other analysts will point to Lock's career 57-percent completion percentage at Missouri and add his inconsistency in footwork as reasons to shy away from taking Lock in the top 10. 

Regardless what side proves to be right on Lock, he's obviously on the Redskins radar. 

"Drew could come compete right now," Washington coach Jay Gruden said during the NFL owner's meetings last month in Arizona. 

The question came if college experience helps a rookie quarterback, and Lock has plenty. He started for the last three years in the Southeastern Conference, the highest level that college football offers. 

His numbers from Missouri aren't great, but his arm was. Lock can make all the throws, including the dumb ones, and showed repeatedly his ability to read defenses and make tight window throws.

At the Combine, Lock openly talked about coming into the NFL with a chip on his shoulder. He said be believes he should be the top QB taken in the draft, and while that won't happen, his attitude could push him to be ready for Week 1 in 2019. 

 

"If you take a guy like Haskins or whoever else, Lock or [Will] Grier or whoever else in this draft at 15 you would expect them to compete," Gruden said. "If they don’t win the job you can’t just hand the ball over to them, they have to win the job. And you give them every opportunity to do that. If not, you sit them until you feel they're ready."

Listen to Lock talk, or watch Lock's tape from Missouri, and one thing is clear: He wants to compete. 

Whether that will be in Burgundy and Gold come September remains to be seen. 

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