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Road to the Draft: Brock Osweiler

Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State
6-foot-7, 240 pounds
Draft projection: Second round.

Lowdown: Osweiler has great size, a big arm and more mobility than one expects from a 6-7 quarterback. If he were to last to the third round, the Buffalo Bills would have to give him strong consideration. But the odds are against him lasting that long. Would Buffalo pick him in the second? That would be a surprise, since there likely will be attractive prospects at bigger areas of need on the Bills’ board at No. 41. With only 15 college starts to his name, the junior eligible clearly is a developmental project. He’s not going to be ready to hit the field in Year One, or maybe even Year Two. However, that’s one reason why he could make sense for the Bills. They’re not in a hurry, with Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm. It probably would be an upset for Osweiler to last to the third round. Osweiler put up good numbers operating out of the shotgun in a spread offense in 2011. He passed for 4,036 yards in 13 games, with 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He completed 63.2 percent of his passes. He had a pretty good cast of receivers at Arizona State. Osweiler had good games against good teams. He was 25 of 32 for 233 yards in a win over Southern Cal.

An Idaho native, Osweiler committed to Gonzaga to play basketball as a high school sophomore.

“I was committed to Gonzaga for almost three full years, and I loved everything about the school, the basketball program,” he said. “Really when it came down to it, I was getting toward the end of my junior year, getting closer to signing day and I just felt I loved the game of football too much to give it up. Football is a very special game, takes a special person to play it, and it just wasn’t something I was
ready to give up at that point and time in my life.”

Osweiler got good coaching at Tempe, Ariz. His offensive coordinator was long-time coach Noel Mazzone, who tutored Kelly Stouffer at Colorado State, Jason Campbell at Auburn and Philip Rivers at North Carolina State. Osweiler said Mazzone improved his passing mechanics over the past two years.

“Since I’ve been to college we’ve kind of slowly adjusted my throwing motion with each season. Coach Mazzone has done a tremendous job. I would not be here today if it wasn’t for Coach Mazzone. Tremendous quarterback coach. At times, we’re still working on it. I think it’s better than it’s ever been. We’ve been focusing a lot on making sure that my elbow is constantly above my shoulder, that I’m following through and using all the torque that I have with my big frame.”

“The more I watch the more I love him,” said ESPN’s Todd McShay. “He’s a competitor. He does move well … and he’s accurate despite unusual mechanics and that unusual release.”

---Mark Gaughan

(The News is profiling 50 prospects in 50 days leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft.)

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