Brock Osweiler is easy to pick out of a crowd, and could be confused for a basketball player. Standing at 6'8", he is easily the tallest quarterback in this year's draft class, and is one of the most intriguing prospects of the entire 2012 class.
Before agreeing to play football at ASU, Osweiler turned down a scholarship to hoop it up at Gonzaga, which is something that not many other prospects can boast. Although he only spent one full season as the starter for the Sun Devils, he used that time to rewrite the record book, becoming the first ASU signal-caller to eclipse 4,000 yards passing in a single season, finishing 2011 with 4,036 yards.
Osweiler brings a tremendous physical presence to the table, but there are some concerns that his size is a hindrance to his ability to develop proper footwork and throwing mechanics. The other side of that coin is that Osweiler's mechanics didn't keep him from setting Sun Devil records for completions and completion percentage.
The draft team at ProFootballWeekly.com sees Osweiler like this:
Though still very raw and years away from prime time, Osweiler has rare size, surprising movement skill and plenty of arm strength to be groomed in a downfield passing attack. Can be drafted considerably higher than he grades on tape because of his upside.
Osweiler will need time to develop and likely doesn't have the ability to jump in and wrestle a starting position away in his rookie season in the NFL. However, Osweiler has been applauded for his leadership and on-field presence, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see him start to win over the locker room as a backup and show flashes of brilliance in practice.
As mentioned by the scouts, his size and athleticism could be a once-in-a-generation mix that won't be seen in many drafts to come. Once he gets a handle on the NFL game, he could turn out to be the major steal of the 2012 draft.
The Denver Broncos currently have a quarterback of some note in Peyton MannIng. Osweiler won't be ready to step behind center for a few years, but that just means he's got more time to learn at the elbow of one of the greatest QBs of all time.