Friday, January 6, 2012
Is Osweiler headed to the NFL draft?
By ESPN.com staff
Is Arizona State's junior quarterback Brock Osweiler headed to the NFL draft? He is according to a Tweet from Devils Digest.
Then there is this from the Arizona Republic: "Sources indicate that Osweiler is indeed leaning toward that direction, but as of Thursday night, Osweiler's father, John, said in a text message that his son is 'going over some last-minute details' and that the family hopes to announce a decision Friday."
There has been no announcement yet of a news conference.
If true, this would be a bit of a surprise. The 6-foot-8 Osweiler has started 15 games and was the first Sun Devils quarterback to eclipse 4,000 yards passing, but it seems like a long shot for him to get selected before the third round. Another year of seasoning could have made him a first-day or even first round pick.
Who would have thought that USC quarterback Matt Barkley, Wisconsin running back Montee Ball and Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones would all return for their senior seasons while Osweiler wouldn't?
And, if true, it would be a big blow for new coach Todd Graham, who would have failed a major recruiting job: Making his starting quarterback and top locker room leader want to stay.
If Osweiler bolts, the frontrunner to win the job would be sophomore Mike Bercovici, who has a big arm but little experience. He was 2-of-3 for 15 yards in 2011.