Thursday, April 12, 2012

Brock Osweiler Is The Next Tom Brady

Have any of you ever watched Gruden's QB Camp on ESPN? It's a show where Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden grills future NFL quarterbacks on their mechanics, decision making, and overall philosophy about the quarterback position. I typically don't watch the show because the players always seem intimidated and scared of giving Gruden a wrong answer. It's almost as if they're taking on oral exam. Subsequently you get a lot of pat responses and curbed enthusiasm. No one wants to jeopardize their draft position by making a mistake on television.

Tuesday was different however. Gruden's QB Camp had ASU quarterback Brock Osweiler as a guest and he didn't disappoint. Instead of shying away from the Q & A portion of the show Brock took the opportunity to showcase his personality and self confidence in his abilities. I don't usually take the optimistic outlook of college kids too seriously, but this guy is different. I even like the fact he has "Leave your legacy" tattooed on his left arm and "Live life to its fullest" on his right. If nothing else he has a winning attitude.

To be fair, Brock was not overly impressive in his junior year. He was the Pac 12's 5th best quarterback and didn't have a signature game or play to hang his hat on. The 2012 NFL draft has tremendous depth at the quarterback position and it's conceivable that 8 quarterbacks will be taken in front of him:

1. Andrew Luck
2. Robert Griffin III
3. Ryan Tannehill
4. Brandon Weeden
5. Nick Foles
6. Kirk Cousins
7. Russell Wilson
8. Kellen Moore

I hope he watches The Brady 6 before draft day. It will ease some of his inevitable anxiety.

Even though his body of work is mediocre and his junior season was average at best I still think Brock Osweiler will be a star in the NFL. He's 6'7 240 pounds and according to scouts has elite athleticism for his size. In addition, he looks like a natural born leader. It will take a few years for him to see the field, but once he does I don't foresee him going back to the bench. The team that takes a chance on Brock will be pleasantly surprised they found their franchise quarterback so late in the draft. Good luck Brock.

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