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Overall Prospect Rank: No. 135
Current Grade: Round 5
No player has more to gain at his pro day than Brock Osweiler does on Arizona State’s event on March 16.
Osweiler started out well last season, leading the Sun Devils to wins in five of their first six games on some very good passing performances. However, as the Sun Devils went on to lose five of their last six and then their bowl game, Osweiler’s play really suffered down the stretch. His completion percentages dropped to lower than 64 percent in each of his final five games, and he threw five combined interceptions in his final three games.
That said, Osweiler has huge upside. At 6'7" with a strong arm, Osweiler has the potential to be a big-play quarterback at the next level. He is a very good athlete for his size as well, but he must improve with his accuracy, decision-making and ability to make difficult throws.
Osweiler is a raw talent who stands as a fifth-round value, but at the quarterback position, where teams will be searching for a potential starting quarterback, Osweiler could end up going as high as the second round, or possibly even sneak into the first round, if he has a great throwing workout at his pro day.
While my grade for him will go nowhere near that high, he has the potential that will catch the eyes of NFL scouts, and if he stands out in his pro day workout, he has the measurables that could lure a team into overdrafting him.
As we saw in the 2011 NFL draft with the unexpected draft-day rise of Florida State’s Christian Ponder, the importance of the quarterback position can lead teams to overdraft out of necessity, and with Luck and Griffin all but certain to be the top two picks in the draft, another quarterback has to rise and draw interest from teams not in the RG3 sweepstakes. My prediction is that Osweiler will have a great throwing workout at his pro day and end up being the guy getting the buzz in the upcoming weeks.
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