The theory has been floated that the Broncos are set at quarterback after the recent acquisition of Joe Flacco. But rumors persist that John Elway is prepared to take yet another swing for the fences at the quarterback position with the 10th pick in this year’s NFL draft.

More specifically, according to a mock draft compiled by CBS sportswriter Ryan Wilson, Elway has had his sights set on University of Missouri’s Drew Lock for some time.

Lock threw for 99 touchdowns and 12,193 yards in 50 games under center during his four-year career with the Tigers.

At 6-4, 225 pounds, Lock possesses a huge arm. He has also been remarkably efficient, compiling a completion percentage of 62.9 percent during his senior season to go with 28 touchdowns and only eight picks. In his junior season he passed for a Southeastern Conference record of 44 touchdowns.

Knowing Elway, he also probably appreciates Lock’s overt sense of confidence. Lock recently asserted boldly that he believed he was the number one quarterback available in this year’s draft.

Strong statement indeed, considering he is part of a quarterback class that includes Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray, who figures to go with the first pick of the draft to the Arizona Cardinals.

Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins is expected to be the second quarterback selected by the Giants with the fifth pick in the draft. Lock is projected to go third, to the Broncos, provided that he’s still available, of course.

Walking through that hypothetical scenario from here, I could see Flacco serving as a proverbial “bridge” to the future. The future would unfold whenever Lock is deemed ready to take over as the Broncos’ next franchise quarterback.

That all sounds great to me, so long as Lock proves more capable than the Broncos’ last first-round quarterback selection, Paxton Lynch.

Can I get an “Amen” from the audience? Not so loud, my ears are sensitive . . .

After the Lynch failure, Elway said he would keep swinging for the fences. A swing for Lock is certainly a gamble – especially as a top 10 selection – but on paper, at least, odds say he’s a good one.

So John, if you are listening ...

Let it fly. Full send, as they say. I’ll personally go on record to say I’m behind you 100 percent on this one, and that’s got to give you some degree of comfort, right? You can’t win if you don’t play. All that’s on the line here is your legacy as a general manager, your reputation as a talent evaluator and the immediate fate of the franchise. No big deal. Pull the trigger. You only live once.

Let’s go get our quarterback of the future with the 10th pick of the 2019 NFL draft.

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