5 NFL players who will become sophomore sensations

Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images) /
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Drew Lock, Denver Broncos
Drew Lock, Denver Broncos. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

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2020 is the year the Denver Broncos come back into national prominence. Though they won’t win the AFC West, as that firmly belongs to the Kansas City Chiefs for the foreseeable future, Denver should be a playoff-caliber team this fall. The defense has been great even during the down years at the Super Bowl 50 victory. The difference is they finally have a quarterback they can believe in.

Drew Lock has the chance to be a great player in Denver. While he’s probably more in the vein of a Craig Morton, a Brian Griese or a Jake Plummer than a John Elway or a Peyton Manning, Lock can provide the Broncos offense what it has been missing. His sample size as a rookie was small, but he has the coaching staff and the weapons around him to make us care about the Broncos again.

Lock went 4-1 in five starts last year, completing 64.1 percent of his passes for 1,020 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. Though the numbers don’t wow you, his poise and fun-loving nature makes him very hard to root against. Also, Elway got him some awesome toys in free agency, as well as the draft. It’s good to be Drew Lock.

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Denver already had Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant and Phillip Lindsay. Elway signed Melvin Gordon as a free agent and went out and drafted Jerry Jeudy, K.J. Hamler and Lock’s favorite red-zone target at Mizzou in Albert Okwuegbunam. Kyler Murray may have better numbers than him in Arizona, but Lock will be the one leading his team to the playoffs, and that matters more.