2012 NFL Draft: Is Brock Osweiler Headed for the First Round?

TIM LOL@NWSBMattContributor IIIApril 9, 2012

PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 05:  Quarterback Brock Osweiler #17 of the Arizona State Sun Devils throws a pass against the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl on November 5, 2011 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Yes, Brock Osweiler was invited to the 2012 Draft—something exclusively for players with first-round potential. 

Osweiler is a player who has seen his draft stock rise significantly over the past few months. From Arizona State, the 6’8", 240-pound quarterback threw for over 4,000 yards and completed over 60 percent of his passes last year, finishing with 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Where does he stand now?

Many believe that he is just behind Texas A&M star Ryan Tannehill, putting him at possibly the fourth quarterback to go later this month. Is this actually true?

We must realistically examine this situation. 

After examining his game tape, we see a young player that lacks several skills in order to compete in the NFL. His weaknesses overshadow the great aspects of his game, and he might be less ready than most people would think. 

Brock has common tendency to lock onto receivers way to early. He makes the decision to pass to a certain player before the route is even finished. Many of his throws were over the heads of open receivers. Osweiler lacked proper judgement, throwing into double coverage more often than not. He also relied way too often on short screen passes to Jamal Miles, whose ability to shed defenders helped gain many extra yards. 

Sounds questionable for a player expected to start for an NFL team as soon as possible. Remember, teams usually don't draft quarterbacks in the first round unless they are going to get playing time in the near future. Expect him to go in the second or third round.

Osweiler is praised for his incredible arm strength that matches many NFL quarterbacks. Although he can get flushed easily, he has a secure pocket presence as long as he stays confident. At least the short screens (which happen more often than not) are accurate, most of the time. Other short passes are on the mark, but he needs to extend his range deeper down the field. 

Is there a chance Osweiler will go in the first round? Yes.

Does he have what it takes to be a first-rounder? Unlikely.

Osweiler is still a promising prospect, and if he can sharpen his skills while playing back-up, he will lead a team to the playoffs later on in his football career.