HOUSTON — Drew Lock told reporters Tuesday in the final media session before the Texas Bowl that the NFL’s College Advisory Committee recommended that he stay in school for his senior year instead of declaring for the 2018 NFL Draft.
He still hasn’t made up his mind on a course of action, however.
“I’m actually still considering it, due to things I have heard otherwise,” Lock said.
Underclassmen can appeal to the committee for a draft grade to evaluate their prospects of getting drafted if they leave school early. The committee — which consists of current and former league executives and scouts — will rank the players as a potential first-round pick, potential second-round pick or neither. If players don’t get a grade, it is essentially a recommendation from the board to stay in school.
The committee was skeptical about Lock’s ability to throw intermediate passes, he said.
“It truly had to do with what kind of offense we were running,” Lock said. ... “It was just things that necessarily I couldn’t show on film.”
Lock said his decision to leave or stay could be determined by the person Missouri brings in to be its next offensive coordinator.
“We are a very good team right now. We’re not losing much,” Lock said. “Those are all positive aspects that would then lead me to come back. That’s why I’m again waiting to make a decision, to see who we possibly could get for an offensive coordinator.
“What could I necessarily squeeze out of him? What could I learn from him, rather than jumping ahead, possibly missing the opportunity to learn from a great mind that may have been in the NFL, may have coached really good NFL quarterbacks?”
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported last week that UCLA interim coach Jedd Fisch attended a Missouri bowl practice and was being evaluated for the Tigers’ offensive coordinator job. Fisch has served as an offensive coordinator or quarterbacks coach for the Baltimore Ravens (2004-07), Minnesota Golden Gophers (2009), Seattle Seahawks (2010), Miami Hurricanes (2011-12), Jacksonville Jaguars (2013-14) and Michigan Wolverines (2015-16). He was the offensive coordinator at UCLA until the Bruins fired coach Jim Mora on Nov. 19.
Odom said that he would wait until the after the Texas Bowl to make an announcement on the Tigers’ next offensive coordinator, but the hire is likely to happen before the end of the week.