ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos took a pass on the quarterbacks Thursday night in the first round of the NFL draft but didn't wait long in the second round Friday night to dive in on this year's class of passers.
"Last several hours were definitely interesting," Lock said of being bypassed in the first round. " ... The sun came up (Friday), I was ready to get (Friday) going ... I couldn't be more excited to be a part of this organization."
Lock was the fourth quarterback to be selected in the draft. Kyler Murray, Daniel Jones and Dwayne Haskins were selected in the first round. Like those others, Lock had been projected as a potential first-round pick as well, and he said falling to the second day "certainly" provided more motivation to prove himself.
Broncos president of football operations/general manager John Elway said he believed the team had to jump the Dolphins and Raiders, among others, to get Lock.
"I had heard some other teams, we didn't know if he was going to get (taken) by the Raiders," Elway said. " ... We were able to get it done with Cincinnati, so it worked out really well."
Lock becomes the sixth quarterback John Elway has selected in his tenure as the Broncos' top football executive and is highest QB pick Elway has made since Paxton Lynch was the team's first-round pick in 2016. None of the previous five quarterbacks Elway has selected is currently on the roster, given both Lynch and Chad Kelly were waived last season.
"I know the kind of player I am and know what kind of player I'm going to be, and this adds a little chip to the shoulder bigger than the one that's already on there," Lock said. "I'd say it's almost a full Pringle size -- the king-size Pringles right now -- that's how big the chip on my shoulder is. But it's good. If I for some reason I needed any extra motivation, I definitely got it."
Elway, as well as coach Vic Fangio, minced no words Friday, offering that Lock would be given patience to develop and will start his career competing for the backup job with Joe Flacco as the team's starter.
Elway even offered that Lock being selected in the second round, rather than the first, may allow Lock the time he needs to be the future starter the Broncos hope he can be since he doesn't carry some of the play-right-now expectations he would have if the Broncos had selected him with the 10th pick of the first round.
The Broncos are in position to give Lock, who topped a 60 percent completion rate in just one of his seasons at Missouri, at least some time to learn. The team traded for Flacco earlier this offseason.
Since his arrival, Flacco has been adamant he didn't see a repeat of his 2018 season with the Ravens when he was eventually replaced by rookie Lamar Jackson. Flacco was asked at the team's minicamp last week what he would think if the Broncos used a prime pick on a quarterback.
"If we do, that's completely out of my control," Flacco said this week. "I'm going to go out here and compete. He's going to have to come out here and be on the field with me every day, too, and I'm ready for that."
Flacco has been adamant that he doesn't see a repeat happening of his 2018 season, when the Baltimore Ravens eventually replaced him with first-round draft pick Lamar Jackson. Flacco was asked at the team's minicamp last week what he would think if the Broncos used a prime pick on a quarterback.
"If we do, that's completely out of my control," Flacco said. "I'm going to go out here and compete. He's going to have to come out here and be on the field with me every day, too, and I'm ready for that."
For his part, Lock said he looked forward to learning from Flacco to start his professional career.
"Joe is a great quarterback, obviously won a lot of football games, won a Super Bowl," Lock said. "I couldn't be more excited to go in there and learn from a guy like that. ... It's kind of a prime spot to be in."
The Broncos sent a fourth-round pick to the Ravens earlier this offseason to acquire Flacco after the one-year audition of Case Keenum didn't go as well as the team had hoped in a 6-10 meltdown. Flacco is now in line to be the fifth quarterback to start a regular-season game for the team since Peyton Manning retired after the 2015 season.
"I think I had a pretty good outlook on it last year," Flacco said last week. " ... I want to get this team to be the best it is with me at the quarterback position. Obviously, that's not of the most importance to draft a quarterback. ... I don't really care if they take a quarterback or not. ... The only thing I care about is, like I said, I want this team to be as good as it can with me at quarterback."