Arizona State’s Brock Osweiler Trying To Show He’s Nothing To Gawk At
INDIANAPOLIS – Amidst uncertainty regarding his elongated throwing motion and, by nature, his mechanics, Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler said he is more fundamentally sound than he has ever been as he continues preparation for the NFL Draft.
“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,” Osweiler said.
Still, Osweiler represents one of the biggest conundrums – literally – at the NFL Combine. The quarterback, listed at 6-foot-8 in college but a shade under 6-foot-7 by his official measurement, is, in the eyes of many, too tall and too stiff to play the position professionally.
His throwing motion is only one aspect of his irregularity. He has struggled to throw the ball on the run – a problem in a spread offense – has trouble with accuracy and was the Sun Devils’ starting quarterback only for this past season.
Still, he became the first Arizona State quarterback to surpass 4,000 passing yards, finishing with 4,036, and set school records for completions (326), attempts (516) and completion percentage (63.2).
He was, according to the school, the tallest quarterback in the nation. And next season, when he enters the NFL, he’ll take the title from Baltimore’s Joe Flacco as the tallest active quarterback.
“Shoot, if I saw a 6-foot-7 kid playing quarterback, I might think the same thing,” Osweiler said, answering questions about his athletic ability. “But I think people’s opinions change when they see me in a workout, or they see me in a football game, or they see me on the practice field. And Nobody would guess I was 6-foot-7, the way I play.”
The Washington Redskins may have their doubts, but they’re doing their best to do a thorough evaluation. They had Osweiler in for a formal interview Friday night, asking him questions about his character and ability before having him diagram plays and read coverages during the 15-minute organized session.
Buffalo, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Seattle also were among the teams to formally speak to Osweiler at the NFL Combine, which entered its third full day Saturday, and others are likely still to come.
Osweiler will have to make his greatest impression during these sessions. After sustaining a sprained left foot in the Sun Devils’ loss to Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl, Osweiler will be unable to participate in any drills until his pro day in Tempe, Ariz. on March 30.
By then, Osweiler should have had enough of a chance to convince teams he can be an NFL quarterback next season.
“I don’t ever feel like there’s a quarterback that’s been 6-foot-7, 240 pounds and had the athleticism that I do and can make every throw on the football field,” Osweiler said. “So I ignored all those comparisons and just played football the way I was taught to.”