After the first night of the draft, which saw the Broncos trade away their first round draft pick to the New England Patriots for more draft-capital, Broncos fans waited to see what kind of moves John Elway and company would make on the second draft day.
The second draft day, which featured the second and third rounds, saw the Broncos draft defensive tackle Derek Wolfe out of Cincinnati with their first overall selection at No. 36.
However, the selection 21 spots later is what captured most Broncos fans' attention. That would be because the Broncos selected their quarterback of the future—Arizona State underclassman Brock Osweiler.
The Broncos came into the draft with three quarterbacks in mind based upon the level of interest shown in each of the three leading up to the draft. Those three quarterbacks would be Brandon Weeden, Kirk Cousins and Brock Osweiler.
Weeden would, of course, be selected by the Cleveland Browns with the 22nd overall pick in the first round, negating any chance Denver had of drafting the 28-year-old quarterback.
The Broncos would make their decision on who their quarterback would be in the near future after Peyton Manning retires with the 57th overall pick in Brock Osweiler.
The Broncos made the right decision in drafting Brock Osweiler during the second round. Although he is largely inexperienced, having started only one full season during his collegiate career, he will have all of the time in the world in learning under four-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning.
With Manning at 36 years of age and having gone nearly two years of not taking an NFL snap by the time the season starts in September, there is some backlash over drafting Osweiler, rather than a quarterback who seems more NFL-ready, such as Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Even with the knowledge of Manning being a bit of a mystery as far as how he'll look when he returns, and Caleb Hanie being nothing more than a below-average backup quarterback, Osweiler was the best option at quarterback in the middle rounds.
Behind the "Big Three" of Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Ryan Tannehill, were Brandon Weeden and Brock Osweiler.
Of the second-tier quarterbacks outside of Weeden, Osweiler was clearly the best quarterback of the litter. At only 21 years of age, and lacking huge experience at the college level, Osweiler comes in fresh with little wear-and-tear. Entering the draft, it was believed Osweiler had the strongest arm of any quarterback in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Although the Broncos were not able to draft a quarterback that might be able to step in and have an immediate impact such as the aforementioned Weeden and Cousins, that was never the Broncos' plan of attack.
Manning will be the starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos in 2012. In case Manning has any setbacks due to his injury, recently signed Caleb Hanie will take over.
As scary of a thought that that may be, it is the Broncos' plan heading forward.
Heading into the 2012 NFL Draft, the Broncos were looking for a quarterback that could take over once the Peyton Manning era comes to a close in a few years.
That mission was accomplished with the selection of Brock Osweiler.