Some 2019 NFL Draft prospects are eyeing to be taken in the early rounds to earn a higher salary. However, it was different for Missouri quarterback Drew Lock. He doesn’t mind dropping to No. 32 to land with the New England Patriots. According to Lock, it will be better for him if he joins a winning team that has a low pick rather than be taken high in the 2019 NFL Draft by a bad team.

In an interview with Don Banks of Patriots.com, Lock said he will be honored to be drafted by the Patriots and learn from veteran quarterback Tom Brady.

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“I’d be honored for sure. Tom’s obviously there for a couple more years, but to be able to sit behind a guy like that and learn from one of the best quarterbacks of all time — if not the best,” said Lock, adding that it will be an ideal situation for any quarterback.’’

Earlier, it was reported that the Patriots are eyeing to use the No. 32 pick to select either Duke’s Daniel Jones or Will Grier of West Virginia. There were reports that the Patriots might trade up to take Jones, whose Draft stock has risen in the past days.

Drew Lock is expected to be taken in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft (Image Credit: Denver Broncos/YouTube)
Drew Lock is expected to be taken in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft (Image Credit: Denver Broncos/YouTube)

Lock could be taken in the first round

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Lock could be taken midway in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. La Canfora speculates that someone like Denver Broncos general manager John Elway could consider a trade back into the first round to take Lock. Lock visited the Broncos, New York Giants and quarterback-needy teams like the Miami Dolphins and the Washington Redskins. If Lock is taken by the Broncos, he also has a chance to learn from another veteran quarterback in Joe Flacco.

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Lock played four seasons with Missouri where he completed 883 of 1,553 passes for 12,193 yards and 99 touchdowns with 39 interceptions. Lock also ran for 437 yards and nine touchdowns.

NC State quarterback also wants to learn from Brady

If the Patriots decide to pick a possible successor to Brady in the middle rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft, North Carolina State quarterback Ryan Finley, In a recent interview with NFL Network, said it will be a welcome development if he’s drafted by the Patriots, who own 12 picks in the upcoming Draft.

“Obviously, that would be a dream come true for me, going and just being able to learn from Tom Brady and just being able to have somebody of that caliber mentor you," said Finley. According to Finley, learning from Brady will be a great situation to grow as a player. “Obviously, learning from Tom and a number of other guys in the league would be really a blessing,” he added.

In his senior year with the Wolfpacks, Finley threw for 3,928 yards with 25 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

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Based on projection by NFL.com, Finley is expected to be taken in the third round, where the Patriots have three selections (Nos. 73, 97 and 101). Last season, the Patriots took quarterback Danny Etling in the seventh round.

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