Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler is an intriguing prospect for teams in the 2012 NFL Draft looking to take a chance on a project passer with a bright future.
The raw, inexperienced former Sun Devil passed for 4,036 yards and 26 touchdowns in his lone season as a starter in 2011. Osweiler completed 63.2 percent of his throws on the year and added three touchdowns on the ground.
Patience could be rewarded
- Size (6-foot-6 7/8, 242 pounds)
- Big-time arm strength - tremendous zip on intermediate and underneath throws
- Productive in lone year as a starter
- Mobile for his size - considered playing basketball for Gonzaga
- Quality footwork
- Quick release
- Known for his work ethic and leadership skills
- Immeasurable upside
- Has shown the ability to throw on the run
Maybe too tall?
- Limited experience as a starter - unrefined and should have returned for his senior year
- Tends to throw off his back foot when facing pressure
- Coming from a spread offense that primarily relied on taking snaps from shotgun
- Forces too many passes and struggles to give his receivers a chance to get to the ball
- Three-quarters release - needs to take better advantage of his height
- Inexperienced with pre-snap reeds
Expected draft placement
Osweiler is a raw project but has the physical tools to excel at the next level, with the proper coaching. Expect a team to take a chance on him in the neighborhood of the third or fourth rounds. It is possible that he goes higher, but he may even be a bit of a reach in the third round.
Teams that could show interest in him include the Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston Texans, Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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