Brock Osweiler a first-rounder?

January, 20, 2012
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Former Arizona State QB Brock Osweiler, who stunned many when he opted to enter the NFL draft, may end up with the last laugh.

As in, laughing when he gets picked in the first round this spring.

While it still feels like a bit of a longshot, Osweiler has made a positive impression at the East-West Shrine Game practices.

From ESPN.com's Steve Muench:
Osweiler is one of the more interesting players we've seen over the last few days. He is every bit of 6-foot-8, and while there are always concerns about how well tall, gangly quarterbacks move their feet, Osweiler appears to be the exception to the rule.

As for Osweiler's delivery -- tall QBs tend to take longer getting rid of the ball:
Taller quarterbacks naturally have longer deliveries as well, and while Osweiler's accuracy will be affected at times by over-striding, he has a unique release that gets good results. He has a unique release that reminds you a bit of Philip Rivers, but because his arm is strong he can get away with looking a bit like a dart-thrower. Osweiler can be accurate when his lower body is sound, puts enough zip on the ball to fit it into tight spots, and he can vary his launch points to account for hands in passing windows and the positioning of defenders in coverage.

If Osweiler continues to impress -- in the combine and with private workouts -- he could challenge a familiar face for the spot of No. 3 QB in the draft"
We still have concerns about his ability to get past his second read and avoid forcing the ball when nothing is there, but based on what we've seen so far Osweiler has the tools to compete with the likes of Ryan Tannehill (Texas A&M) and Nick Foles (Arizona) to be the No. 3 quarterback on the board and get into the back end of the first round.

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