2012 NFL Draft: Why Brock Osweiler Should Be Third Quarterback Taken

Clint EilandAnalyst IFebruary 22, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 22:  Brock Osweiler #17 of the Arizona State Sun Devils throws against the Boise State Broncos during the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas at Sam Boyd Stadium December 22, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Boise State won 56-24.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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There are some really good talents in this year's draft. This is especially true at the quarterback position, led by Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III.

Those are always the first two names you will hear, and for good reason. They are the two most ready and talented quarterbacks in the draft, no doubt about it.

After those two, you see names like Nick Foles, Ryan Tannehill and Brock Osweiler

Those are the main names, but only one can be included into the prestigious "Top 3" honor.

That one should be Brock Osweiler.

As a disclaimer, I do think he should have stayed one more year at Arizona State, but that is not the topic we are debating. He has declared for the draft, and there is nothing we can do to change that.

Don't take his early leave as a sign of bad things, though. Osweiler is still one of the best quarterbacks in this year's draft by far, due to his toughness, athleticism and overall potential.

Osweiler is one of the biggest QBs in the draft, measuring at 6'8" and 240 pounds. The guy is massive (a la Ben Roethlisberger). This height gives him two big advantages: His ability to see over the line clearly, allowing him to read defenses better than other QBs. And his ability to take a hit, which will happen and certainly did happen a lot when he was at ASU. He is a very durable QB.

Adding to his height and weight, Osweiler has the power a lot of NFL QBs wish they had. Osweiler can make all the throws on the football field, which teams value a lot these days.


But what about if he can't find an open receiver? Well here is where the big shocker comes in, because he can flat-out nuke defenders on the run. It is especially rare to see a person of his size have such speed. Now, I don't imagine him having to be a dual-threat QB, but it is a great trait to have.

Everything about him physically checks out great with the scouts. Now, it's a game of mental toughness.

Osweiler does have one big flaw, and that is detecting where the blitz is coming from. He seemed to just be unaware of what the defense planned to do sometimes, which could signal that he needs some more time in the film room.

The other main knock that people seem to have on him is his limited playing time, which is a legitimate point, but not a very strong one. 

In his relatively short playing time at ASU, he racked up over 4,000 passing yards and 26 touchdowns. It also didn't help that he had a pretty weak supporting cast that he only made better. He completed about 64 percent of his passes, which should indicate that he does have the talent to make it in the NFL.

Of course, the team that drafts him will probably not send him out on the field immediately. He will need a season or two to be ready to take the reins of an offense. Upside is the big word with Osweiler, and it shows.

When he does get the chance, I see big things for his future. Until then, any team that can nab him in the first two or three rounds will get an absolute steal.