TEMPE, AZ - OCTOBER 29: Quarterback Brock Osweiler #17 of the Arizona State Sun Devils throws a pass against the Colorado Buffaloes during the college football game at Sun Devil Stadium on October 29, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Per one of my favorite Draft sites on the world wide interwebs - Mocking the Draft, sources tell the Scout.com Arizona State site Devils Digest that Arizona State QB Brock Osweiler will hold a news conference today to announce that he's entering the 2012 NFL Draft. And my interest is piqued.
This reportedly forthcoming news provides an interesting subject for Seahawks fans in the continuing obsession for that elusive QB of the future. Osweiler is an extremely intriguing player, standing 6'8 and weighing 240, he's got that Ryan Mallett-cannon for an arm but that anti-Ryan Mallett mobility that makes him a possible fit for the Seahawks. From most accounts, he's got an extremely intriguing skillset, but he's very raw.
Osweiler has only started 15 games in his collegiate career, and in 2011 he connected on 326 of 512 passes for 4036 yards, at 7.82 yards per attempt. He threw for 26 touchdowns to 13 picks out of ASU's spread offense, taking snaps from shotgun and pistol looks primarily, based on my limited research. I've seen their scheme being compared to Chip Kelly's Oregon offense, for reference, though Osweiler doesn't run the ball as much as an Oregon QB would.
That's probably because Osweiler is not a 'running QB' per se, more of a pocket passer, and the numbers reflect that (83 runs for 90 yards on the year). Still, he looks pretty smooth as a runner (4.8 40 or so), especially for a guy that's 6'8, and he can move around if the pocket collapses. From the things I've been reading on him, he's definitely a 'project' pick that would require a few years of seasoning, but his potential and upside are through the roof.
Brock Osweiler, the great QB hope in the 2012 NFL Draft - Mocking The Draft
Without Southern California's Matt Barkley or Oklahoma's Landry Jones, the 2012 NFL Draft looked like it would be light on quarterbacks. Enter towering Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler.
Brock Osweiler NFL Draft prospect notes - Mocking The Draft
In-depth notes on the tall and talented Arizona State quarterback.
After the jump, check out Osweiler's Sun Devil offense take on the defense of Missouri. With my amateur scouting eye, he's a pretty intriguing prospect and I'll be interested to see where he starts to get projected. If we're talking about a mid-round grade somewhere with the thought that he'll need to develop for a few seasons in the right system, I could see the Seahawks having some interest in possibly round two or three.
Below, check out a few more videos from our friends at Mocking the Draft, and big thanks to MTD writer Josh Deceuster for the video links. Josh had this to say about Osweiler - "Great tools to work with, from his arm to his legs. Can't speak to his ability to read the defense, but seems to have the IQ. Think his stock only goes up. Could go from late 1st to late 2nd. It may be a year or three, but potential to be top-tier NFL QB."
Arizona State O vs Arizona D 2010 1st Half - YouTube
Every 1st Half offensive snap for Arizona State vs Arizona 2010 Play-by-Play.
Arizona State O vs Arizona D 2nd Half/OT 2010 - YouTube
Every 2nd Half/OT offensive snap for Arizona State vs Arizona 2010 Play-by-Play