We begin our series of detailed draft profiles on Arizona State's draft prospects with the player many expect to be the first Sun Devil off the board: quarterback Brock Osweiler.
Height: 6'6 3/8"
Weight: 242 pounds
College Career: Saw action in 25 games with 15 starts and a 7-8 record as a starter. First significant action was replacing Steven Threet against UCLA on November 26, 2010, and rallied ASU to a win behind five total touchdowns. Started all 13 games in 2011 as a junior, setting school records in passing yards (4,036), attempts (516), completions (326) and completion percentage (63.2%) to go along with 29 total touchdowns. Had 11 games with multiple touchdown passes. Bypassed senior year to enter the NFL Draft.
Strengths: The first strength most people around the ASU program will tout is Osweiler's leadership. He was a galvanizing presence for the team, and players bought completely into him. He is also an intelligent and articulate player who picks up things quickly, and should be a quick study in learning the NFL game.
As for his physical tools, Osweiler has a great frame at nearly 6'7" and 242 pounds. Despite that hefty size, he has very good mobility (although his 40-yard time was an average 4.9), and his quick feet allow him to shift about in the pocket with ease. He feels pressure very well, and often is able to move out of harm's way. There are no questions about his arm strength, as Osweiler has one of the stronger arms in this year's class. His accuracy with short passes and some intermediate throws is excellent.
At ASU, he had a Philip Rivers-like 3/4 release, but at his Pro Day, Osweiler showed off a new and more traditional over-the-top delivery that should help his draft stock and make his passes even more difficulty to knock down by a defense.
Weaknesses: With only 15 games under his belt, inexperience is a major factor for Osweiler. He is not the type of polished prospect that can come in and be an immediate impact player. The ideal situation would have him learn behind an able veteran for two to three years.
At times, his accuracy on intermediate-to-deep throws suffers, and this passes sail high. There were repeated instances of that during 2011. His overall touch downfield has been hampered by the offense he ran at ASU, which focuses on short passes. He also can slip into a gunslinger mentality as a game goes on, which results in interceptions in bunches (he had five multi-interception games in 2011).
Round Projection: 2nd to 4th
Prediction: Seattle Seahawks, 3rd round, 75th overall
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