2012 NFL Draft: 5 Reasons Brock Osweiler Will Succeed with the Denver Broncos

Justin JanssenCorrespondent IIIMay 1, 2012

2012 NFL Draft: 5 Reasons Brock Osweiler Will Succeed with the Denver Broncos

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    The Denver Broncos used their second-round pick—at No. 57 overall—on ex-Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler.

    Osweiler declared for the NFL draft a year early, surprising many, but the early entry proved to be the right choice.

    Osweiler joins an organization with Peyton Manning and John Elway as the focal leaders. He will thrive because he isn't expected to play anytime soon.

    When the time comes to start, he will be ready.

    Here are five reasons why Osweiler will succeed with the Broncos

Learning from Legends Peyton Manning and John Elway

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    Brock Osweiler will have a chance to learn from two of the greatest quarterbacks in the NFL in Peyton Manning and John Elway. 

    Here's what Osweiler told DenverBroncos.com writer Jack MacGruder about joining the Broncos organization.

    I could not be any more excited to be going to Denver to learn from Peyton Manning. A lot of quarterbacks might be upset about having to sit behind somebody, whereas I look at it as a tremendous opportunity to learn from one of the best, if not the best, quarterback to ever play the game.

    Learning under two Hall of Fame quarterbacks is the best possible scenario for Osweiler. 

    While he's not ready for the NFL at this point in his young career, Manning and Elway will help Osweiler get there when his time comes. 

Has 3-Plus Years to Develop

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    One of the biggest knocks against Brock Osweiler is the fact he only started 15 games in his college career.

    Osweiler decided to turn professional after his junior year and ended his tenure as Arizona State quarterback on a five-game skid. The young QB will have at least three years to back up Peyton Manning, perhaps even longer because Manning is currently signed to a five-year deal. 

    Osweiler is not ready at this point to be thrown under siege and the Broncos won't make that mistake. He has a significant amount of time to alter his sidearm delivery and learn to take snaps from under center.

    As previously mentioned, Osweiler will be learning under Peyton Manning and John Elway, who will turn this developmental quarterback into a starter once Manning departs. 

Elite Arm Strength, Size

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    At 6'7'' and over 240 pounds, Brock Osweiler is one of the biggest quarterbacks in the NFL.

    He's not particularly fast, but can step up in the pocket to make the correct read, and can scramble when the play breaks down.

    Osweiler's size also allows him to see over the massive offensive lines in the NFL and throw over the defensive linemen that will have their hands up.

    In the thin air of Denver, Osweiler's cannon for an arm will be magnified and can make all the throws necessary in the NFL with his elite arm strength. 

Intangibles

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    Every person I talk to and every story I read commends Brock Osweiler's leadership abilities, calling him a natural-born leader.

    When the 2011 season unraveled for Arizona State, Osweiler took the heat, even when his coach was fired. 

    Osweiler shows no signs of any off-field issues and will not get into trouble with the Broncos. He's dedicated to learning in the NFL and will put in extra time in the film room to learn the defenses he will face. 

John Fox Turns Ordinary QBs into Winners

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    Denver Broncos head coach John Fox doesn't get enough credit for the transformation of former Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow last year.

    Despite Tebow's poor mechanics, Fox designed plays to suit Tebow's game, and it payed off with the Broncos winning a playoff game. 

    Earlier in his career, Fox turned Jake Delhomme—a mediocre quarterback—into a Super Bowl-bound quarterback.