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Missouri QB Drew Lock Could Leave For NFL Draft, Depending On School's OC Hire

Missouri QB Drew Lock throwing a pass.

COLUMBIA, MO - SEPTEMBER 23: Quarterback Drew Lock #3 of the Missouri Tigers passes during the game against the Auburn Tigers at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Drew Lock could jump from Missouri to the NFL, even after being told by the draft advisory council that he should return to school.

The Tigers bounced back from a 1-5 start to clinch bowl eligibility, and Drew Lock's strong season at quarterback is a big reason why.

Lock has put up huge numbers this season, throwing for 3,695 yards, 43 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions on the year. He is averaging a very strong 9.6 yards per attempt on the year.

As a junior, Lock submitted his name to the draft advisory council. He admits that the group told him to return for a senior year, but he hasn't committed to playing his senior season without seeing who will replace offensive coordinator Josh Heupel, who left to take the head coaching job at UCF. From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

“They ended up telling me to come back to school,” he said. “I’m actually still considering (entering the draft) due to things I’ve heard otherwise.”

Lock didn’t elaborate but said he wants to see whom Mizzou hires as its next offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach before making his decision.

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“That’s why I’m waiting to make a decision to what could I squeeze out of (the next coordinator),” Lock said. “What could I learn from him rather than jumping ahead and possibly missing the opportunity to learn from a great mind that may have been in the NFL and may have coached really good quarterbacks?”

That gives Barry Odom a few weeks to lock down a coordinator that will hopefully help keep the star quarterback in Columbia. Lock has until January 15 to make a decision whether or not to enter the draft.

Lock and Missouri face former Big 12 rival Texas in tonight's Texas Bowl. The game kicks off at 9 p.m. ET, and will be aired on ESPN.

[St. Louis Post-Dispatch]