With the 57th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos have selected Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State
Here is our report on Osweiler:
Pros–Pretty strong arm…fantastic athlete…former basketball star (turned down scholarship to Gonzaga) who has good footwork and knows how to avoid the rush… keeps his eyes downfield…gamer mentality…seems to have control of the huddle…plays under Dennis Erickson, some of the best coaching in the country (same throwing coach as Tim Tebow)…good touch on his passes…can make all the throws
Cons–Not many players with his height play QB in the NFL, doesn’t mean he can’t be the first…still very raw and inexperienced…lots of growing pains yet to go through…playing in Pac 12 which is not exactly a defensive powerhouse conference…slightly awkward delivery which doesn’t hinder him because of his height, but is awkward nonetheless…throws a few more interceptions than you’d like…needs more time to learn how to effectively read through progressions
Player comparision--Potentially bigger Philip Rivers
Osweiler is a very talented quarterback prospect with unusual size. He has really come on this year. He throws a few more interceptions than you would like, but all the talent is there. It’s likely he returns for another year because of all the competition ahead of him and because he still has a lot of room to grow, but if he does declare his unique potential could be cause enough for some team to draft him. A comparision you see thrown out there a lot is Ryan Mallett, but he doesn’t have Mallett’s “character concerns”.
Pick Grade: C
This is not a pick I would have made for the Broncos. They have plenty of other needs and chose to select a quarterback after paying $100 million for Peyton Manning. I don’t know, Osweiler could turn out to be great learning from behind Peyton Manning, but he wasn’t the best player on the board, the Broncos had to reach to get him, and while I like Osweiler’s upside as much as any QB after Griffin and Luck, I think this is a very weird pick with some of the other players still out there.
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