When the Giants are officially on the clock Thursday night in Nashville with the sixth and 17th overall picks to spend, the name Drew Lock could come out of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's mouth.
The Giants have been connected to the Missouri quarterback throughout this draft process, as the team looks for Eli Manning's hopeful heir apparent for this season. Lock certainly has some competition for that role with Dwayne Haskins and Daniel Jones among them.
But in a 1-on-1 interview with SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, Lock sold himself with not just the physical attributes like his strong arm and ability to keep a play alive. He made sure to point out what he accomplished through the ups and downs during his four years with the Tigers.
"I mean, you can go with -- I chose not to -- the arm strength's there, the making any throws, the being able to elude a pocket if it's necessary," Lock said when asked fdsto sell himself. "I think one of the biggest things I tried to preach to NFL teams was not only was I a four-year starter, but I was a four-year starter in the SEC. I didn't miss a game, so durability right there. And then with all the adversity I went through there, my freshman year with the protest and then losing the [head] coach, three different OC's.
"Whatever locker room I end up getting put in, I'll be able to adapt very quickly whether that's being a starter or being a backup."
If Lock does find himself in the Giants locker room, he will most likely be playing a backup role to Manning when the season begins. The Giants have not given up on Manning, who GM Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur are still endorsing as an NFL-quality starter.
Though rookies obviously want to make their mark early and prove they are worth the pick, especially first-rounders, Lock doesn't mind if he has to take a back seat to Manning. In fact, he has gotten to watch the "Kansas City Model" Gettleman has been preaching he wants to implement in his team.
"Everybody wants to play and, of course, I want to play too," Lock said. "So I go to a spot, don't get me wrong, I'll be excited to play and go out and get a couple wins. But, at the same time, I'm also from Kansas City, Missouri and saw Patrick Mahomes sit for a year and end up doing what he did."
It seems like Lock is all in on the Giants' plan. We'll see if the Giants feel the same way about him.