As I wrote about a few months ago, Osweiler, my sleeper pick, who was projected at the time to go in the 3rd round, is climbing. In my opinion, his height and athleticism will be the new "MUST" for NFL QB's taken in the draft. Casserly see's him as a 4th. BrainHeat says, late 1st, early second round. He will only get better, and with that height he can see over those massive tackles! Read on...
04/02/12 - It all started with NFL.com's Gil Brandt, who wrote Friday that Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler may have catapulted himself into the first round of the NFL Draft with his pro day performance. At 6-7, Osweiler is a former basketball player with rare athleticism, but the NFL scrap heap of broken dreams and unfulfilled promises are filled with physical specimens.
"Based on Friday's workout, I think Osweiler vaulted himself into the first round on draft day," Brandt wrote. "He will likely work out for a number of teams; there is a lot of excitement surrounding him. His showing Friday was somewhat surprising; I think he exceeded the expectations of everybody in attendance." Everyone agrees that Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Ryan Tannehill are the draft's top three quarterbacks. But no one has Osweiler No. 4. NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang has Brandon Weeden and Kirk Cousins ranked above Osweiler, whom he projects as a third-round pick.
Former NFL general manager Charley Casserly was asked about Brandt's assessment during an appearance on NFL Network's "Path to the Draft." "I'm not sure what that means, to be honest with you," Casserly said of Brandt's first-round projection (via PFT.com). "I haven't studied this guy yet but I interviewed nine teams about him. Eight of them had him rated in the fourth round. The workout doesn't change the rating on the tape. The other team had him rated in the second.
Issues about the guy concerning decision making, accuracy, takes too many sacks, questionable instincts. All of those things, to me, are things you see on tape, not in the workout. I'm going to take what those teams said and stick with that." NFL Films' Greg Cosell, who watches more film than anyone not employed by an NFL team, also doesn't consider Osweiler's shorts and t-shirts workout suddenly indicative of first-round talent.