As a believer in Osweiler’s upside, it hurts to type this. Osweiler has the ability to be the future of this franchise at quarterback. He’s a talented player with a lot of upside—he just has to wait in Denver for his opportunity.
Osweiler was a controversial second-round pick by the Broncos in 2012. Instead of selecting an impact player at a position of need (like inside linebacker Lavonte David), the Broncos added a player who may not see significant snaps in Denver.
Coming out of Arizona State, Osweiler wowed scouts with his strong arm and athleticism. However, there was plenty of room for improvement. During his time as a pro, the Broncos have shaped and improved Osweiler’s game.
Osweiler had sloppy footwork in college. Now, he is light on his feet when dropping back to pass. He’s incredibly athletic, and now Osweiler can escape the pocket even faster, as he’s not standing flatfooted.
In college Osweiler had a bad habit of dropping his elbow when throwing the ball. Now, his release point is high and above his head. Standing at 6’7”, it would be difficult for J.J. Watt (Texans) to bat down a pass from Osweiler and his improved throwing motion.
The NFL is a quarterback-driven league. Teams who don’t have a franchise quarterback are desperately searching for one. Osweiler has Ben Roethlisberger-like upside if he hits on his enormous potential.
We’ve barely seen him during the regular season, but Osweiler does get a larger spotlight in the preseason.
During the 2013 preseason, Osweiler completed 38-of-58 passing attempts (65.5 percent completion) for 368 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions. With those type of numbers it is difficult to see any team giving up much for his services. The Broncos selected him in the second round, and they would likely be looking for at least that in return.
Mike Klis from The Denver Post believes that Peyton Manning will outlast Osweiler on the roster. The Broncos might as well try and get something for Osweiler if they believe they could lose him as a free agent in two years.
They are working out quarterbacks in the predraft process. This could be to add more competition for Zac Dysert, but it also could be to add a replacement for Osweiler if he’s traded during the draft.