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It's no secret that the Broncos need a backup quarterback for veteran Peyton Manning, and with the 57th overall pick, Elway selected who they hope will be the QB of the future in Denver—Arizona State's Brock Osweiler.
Replacing Manning is a tall order, so all Elway did was go out and grab the tallest quarterback in the game. At 6-7, Osweiler will scan defenses at nearly 5,287 feet above sea level in Denver.
And even though Manning has an obvious short shelf life as he enters his 15th season, many fans will question if Osweiler is the guy for that role.
STRENGTHS: For a big, lanky QB, Osweiler gets rid of the ball very quickly and has a delivery that seems natural and unaffected by his size. Additionally, being that long, he has a strong arm capable of making nearly any throw expected of him at the professional level. He has the obvious advantage of seeing over any defensive line he'll face at any level.
He's a heady player and natural leader with an easy going demeanor.
WEAKNESSES: His decision-making-ability has been questioned in recent times, which is a natural concern for a guy who has only started 15 career collegiate games at ASU (that lack of big-game experience is also a concern). When rushed, he has a tendency to force throws and turn the ball over.
Still, considering his biggest knock is his decision making, Osweiler couldn't ask for a better quarterback to learn from, as Manning is one of the greatest orchestrators of offense ever to play the game.
Again, this pick feels like a bit of a reach, but Elway, coach John Fox and the Bronco braintrust spent a lot of time with Osweiler earlier and feel like this is their guy.
I doubt, however, that this backup QB will have the fan-led billboard support that a certain No. 2 quarterback had in Denver a year ago.