Brock Osweiler: A Look at the Denver Broncos Rookie Quarterback

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IIOctober 18, 2012

Brock Osweiler will have time to grow
Brock Osweiler will have time to growJustin Edmonds/Getty Images

Brock Osweiler is a big guy.  The first thing you notice about the young quarterback is how tall he is.  The rookie out of Arizona State is listed a 6 foot 7 inches.  

Osweiler was selected in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.  Denver selected him with the intention of developing him under Peyton Manning.  

Osweiler was the first true freshman to start a game at quarterback since Jake Plummer in 1993.  Last season, he led his team to a 4-0 start before losing the last five games of the season to finish 4-5.

Osweiler is in the perfect position for a rookie quarterback.  

He is currently under no pressure to perform since he is not the starter, which in many cases has led to the downfall of a rookie quarterback.  Along with this, Osweiler is learning from one of the best quarterbacks of all time in Peyton Manning.  Since Manning has a five year contract, it seems that Osweiler will have plenty of time to develop.

Many people feel that being a potential backup for five years can only hinder the capabilities of an NFL player.  However, there is a prime example of how an extended time period of development can help:

Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers was a backup for his first three seasons in the league.  Just like Osweiler, he was the backup to a future hall of famer in Brett Favre.  While their relationship was not the most friendly, Rodgers did pick up on many skills needed to play quarterback in the NFL.  

Rodgers has shined ever since his opportunity to start.

Only time will tell how effective Brock Osweiler can be in the NFL.  Unless Manning suffers another long term injury, don't expect him to play anytime soon.  

When he does play, however, expect some big things.