Brock Osweiler to Denver Broncos: Teams Take on Project in Former Sun Devil

Jeff ChaseSenior Analyst IIApril 27, 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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The Denver Broncos addressed their need for depth behind quarterback Peyton Manning at the NFL Draft, but their second-round pick in Arizona State Sun Devils QB Brock Osweiler stands to be a project for the AFC West squad.


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Osweiler doesn't have a ton of experience, but he does have a lot of upside given the right training. Nobody better than Manning to teach the raw Pac-12 passer.

ENGLEWOOD, CO - MARCH 20:  Quarterback Peyton Manning (R) shakes hands with executive vice president of football operations John Elway during a news conference announcing Manning's contract with the Denver Broncos in the team meeting room at the Paul D. B
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Last year at ASU, Osweiler threw for 4,036 yards while completing 26 touchdowns on 326 completions. He also had 13 interceptions, but he proved from time-to-time that he can light up any defense.

Against the Boise State Broncos at the MAACO Bowl in Las Vegas, Osweiler threw for 395 yards on 30-of-47 attempts. He also had two touchdowns that game.

His success is inconsistent, something that he will have to work on as he develops into a NFL quarterback.

The one thing that Osweiler has going his way is his size. Standing at 6'8", it has been no secret that Osweiler is one of the taller quarterbacks around.

He has a skill you can't teach, but he will need to continue to develop the rest of his game around his size. 

Luckily for him, he won't be relied upon right away. The Broncos are hoping that Manning will come through, giving them plenty of time to groom Osweiler.

Learning from a four-time MVP, as well as having John Elway around, shouldn't hurt Osweiler's development in any way. It will be up to him how he takes advantage of the situation set in front of him.

Clearly taking him the second round speaks to what they believe they can get in taking him this early, but there is no doubt that he still needs a few years to improve his overall game.

This is a good situation for Osweiler, but he now needs to prove that this is a good situation for the Broncos.


Jeff Chase is a Featured Columnist for the Chicago Cubs and Arizona State football.