Brock Osweiler was drafted to be the Broncos QB of the future, in this article we compare him to another QB who followed a similar path to NFL stardom. Image Credit: missoulian.com
On a sunny spring day the Peyton Manning shocked the football world, deciding to sign with the Denver Broncos. That day marked the end of young Tim Tebow's Bronco career. His signing also sparked the Broncos to act, they had to groom a backup plan for life after Peyton. There was no telling how Manning would rebound after grueling through 4 neck surgeries and countless months of rehab. This backup plan would have to be able to start if called upon. With that, in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, with the 57th pick Denver Broncos selected Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State. This came as no surprise to anyone, as there were rumors aplenty of the Broncos interest, and it was a forgone conclusion that the team would draft an heir apparent. Osweiler was rumored to be a potential first round pick, John Elway was enamored and more than happy to select him in the second round.
It should be noted that Elway likely knew more about Osweiler than any other prospect he drafted as Elway's son Jack was a college teammate of Osweiler.
The “Aaron Rodgers Plan” was put into effect the moment the Broncos made the selection. Rodgers sat 3 years behind future Hall of Fame Quarterback Brett Favre prior to leading the Packers to a Super Bowl victory, Super Bowl MVP and league MVP. The team felt like they made the perfect pick for lightning to strike twice. Osweiler, even with the upcoming QB crop sure to be drafted this week, will be one of the youngest QBs in the NFL, with 2 years as a pro working under the tutelage of John Elway and Peyton Manning there is a lot to be excited about.
Osweiler pays close attention as Manning explains a previous formation. Image Credit: DenverBroncos.com
For comparison sake we will compare the first two seasons in the NFL of Player A and Player B. Player A completed 40 of 75 passes for 495 yards, 4 TDs and 3 INTs with 14 sacks in the preseason. In the regular season he completed 15 of 31 passes for 211 yards, 0 TDS and 1 INT with 2 fumbles lost. Player B completed 54 of 91 passes for 507 yards, 1 TD and 3 INTs with 8 sacks in the preseason. He completed 13 of 20 passes for 107 yards with 0 TDs and 0 INTs in the regular season.
Player A and B will remain nameless for the time being, the biggest question you may be currently asking yourself is who are these players?
There are many who have been unimpressed thus far with Brock Osweiler in a Bronco uniform. They are not wrong to be, he is Peyton Manning's backup, which for save one season has been a clipboard holding gig for the past 16 years. I wonder if those same people can remember that most draft pundits were of the belief that Osweiler wouldn’t be a starting option until his third NFL season at the minimum? That many also believed he would have been a potential top 5 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft had he returned for his senior season. When a high draft choice is used on a player the expectation is to see results immediately, but in some cases that is unrealistic. From year 1 to year 2, Osweiler showed progression and a higher comfort level in his second season.
Brock has been in high demand on the trade market this offseason, as the Texans and Browns are considered to have interest in a potential trade to land the QB.
Take the case of Aaron Rodgers who looked awful during his rookie season during the preseason and regular season. He often looked lost, took sacks and turned the ball over. In his second season he showed progression and began to shape into a potential starting QB. It was not until his third season in the NFL that Rodgers resembled the player he is today and looked nothing like the QB he was in his first season.
This is not to suggest that Brock Osweiler is Aaron Rodgers 2.0. This is to say that Brock Osweiler has every chance to be the first franchise QB the Broncos have had since John Elway. If you believe in John Elway, as many did through his illustrious career, and during his short but successful run as the Broncos decision maker, then you should believe in Brock Osweiler, just as Elway does.
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In our previous player comparison Player A is Aaron Rodgers, while Player B is Brock Osweiler. During Rodgers third season, during the preseason the NFL caught its first true glimpse of Aaron Rodgers future league MVP. Osweiler has a lot to prove and doubters to silence. His progression this year will indicate if he has the ability to be a franchise QB. His drive, leadership and will to learn gives him the tools to do just that. Count this writer in his corner