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ASU’s Osweiler: I’m not Dan McGwire

Post by Eric Williams on Feb. 25, 2012 at 4:39 pm with 40 Comments »
February 25, 2012 4:39 pm
Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler, left, carries the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against UCLA at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler was one of the last quarterbacks to make his way to the media center this week.

He was worth the wait.

The Montana native was comfortable and polished answering questions in front of reporters this afternoon.

He measured an inch shorter than his listed 6-8 height, coming in a shade under 6-7 and 240 pounds.

The Seahawks are one of five teams Osweiler met with on Friday. Others include Kansas City, Buffalo, Philadelphia and Washington.

Some draft analysts had concerns about Osweiler’s mobility because of his height, and compared him to former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Dan McGwire.

But Osweiler said he can move pretty well for a big guy.

“I would hear it tossed around every once in awhile,” Osweiler said about comparisons to McGwire. “But I didn’t pay too much attention to it because I feel like I’m my own style of a quarterback. I don’t feel like there’s ever been a quarterback that’s 6-7, 240 pounds that had the athleticism I do and can make every throw on the football field.

“So I ignored all those comparisons and just played football the way I was taught to.”

Osweiler has a mid-foot sprain on his left foot late in the Sun Devils’ bowl game against Boise State in December, so he will not do anything on the field this week, waiting until his March 30th pro day to throw and run the 40-yard dash.

One buzz word we did hear from Osweiler is his ability to manage a football game.

Osweiler said because he ran the spread offense at ASU under Dennis Erickson, the decision-making process of what to do with the ball was in his hands 90 percent of the time.

“Even in the run game you’re having to make decisions on the fly,” Osweiler said. “So as far as managing a football game, it definitely prepares you.”

Osweiler talked about leaving Arizona State after only one full season as the starter when Erickson was let go at the end of the year.

“It was a very difficult decision,” he said. “I spent about two weeks after our bowl game, discussing it every day with my family.

Really, when it came down to that final decision, it just came upon that I felt I had done everything I could in my time at ASU. I had absolutely no regrets in my three years. I gave everything I had every single day to our football program, and I just felt like I was at a time and a place where I was ready to take my game to the next level and take on new challenges.”

One other thing that distinguishes Osweiler from other quarterback prospects in the draft is he committed to play basketball at Gonzaga, but ultimately chose to pursue a career in football.

But Osweiler says those basketball-related skills have come in handy on the court.

“I think with basketball to be a successful player you have to have great footwork,” Osweiler said. “And obviously as a quarterback in the pocket to evade rushers and blitzers, makes moves and get the ball off you have to have great feet.

“So I think basketball as far as the footwork has definitely transitioned over to my football game, as well as vision. On the basketball floor you can be pushing the ball up the court and maybe bringing up on the side, and you’ve got to see somebody off on the corner and make a throw down a lane. So it’s the same thing as playing quarterback. You’re sliding in the pocket trying to find alleys to get the ball downfield.”

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    It’s interesting to me that he’s become more popular with draft “experts” since the season has ended, than he ever was in the fall. I’ve seen only a handful of his games, but just wasn’t impressed. Maybe it’s the height, but he plays awkward, to me. Sort of like Whitehurst.

  2. I don’t like him at all

  3. Maybe someone will pop up a take him REAL early and we can get someone with some actual upside, which I don’t see in this guy.

  4. JazBadAzz says:

    This guy had some clutch moments, look up his overtime win against mizzou!

    I watched Whitney Mercilus chase him around also, he does have good feet and speed for a bigger guy. I didn’t realize he was coming out this year but this is one of those guys that will rise up the draft board the closer the draft gets here! I can see him going in the 2nd rd but probably should be 3rd/4th!

  5. Dukeshire says:

    BTW – What a legacy left by Dan McGwire: “Hey, you’re tall, like Dan McGwire. You must suck.”

  6. If we draft this guy before the 3rd I am going to seriously question these guys to evaluate QB’s.

    I will give him 1 count them one season to learn and after that he will need to show he is a NFL way above average QB.

  7. He’s from Montana. That means he’s no McGwire: he’s tough, hard-nosed, and will work his tail off to improve. That said, I watched a few games and he has a long way to go before he’s NFL ready. Plus, Erickson is a turd and not exactly known as a qb guru. I’d much prefer Kirk Cousins, but I do admit to rooting hard for Osweiler–just somewhere else.

  8. I would not be surprised to see this guy go early in the second round. He cares, has great athletisism, is crazy big, and has a good arm. That his delivery is odd is offset by River’s success in San Diego.

    And now the tough part, guys. You cannot have it both ways. You cannot “not” like guys like Osweiler and be a JS/PC fan. We will not lose enough to get a Luck or RGIII. So, we need to find someone that cares that we can mold. Osweiler may be that guy.

    Or… ya know, we could sign Manning.

    Cannot have it both ways.

  9. Dukeshire says:

    This is an interesting take on the combine, from Matt Bowen. A different perspective.

  10. nighthawk2 says:

    I love this guy. If we can’t sign Matt Flynn in free agency, I hope we draft Osweiler. Our own Big Ben without the off field problems.

    RGIII = Akili Smith 2.0

  11. raymaines says:

    It’s not like I have to tell you guys this, but I totally can not judge NFL talent. I don’t have a clue about who is or is not actually good or a good fit.

    That said, I’d be really happy if the brain trust liked Osweiler enough to draft him and he turned out to be good. There is just something I like about the guy.

    Sometimes I wake up at 3 in the morning having to go to the bathroom and realize I’ve been dreaming about how the ‘Hawks could go undefeated for the next five years. The scenario goes something like this: Resign Lynch, Bryant, and Carlson. Sign Peyton Manning and Mario Williams. Draft a linebacker, a wide receiver, Osweiler and some depth. Coach everybody up, continue to draft well, nobody ever gets hurt, the 49ers fall in a hole, kick butt & take names, rock and roll. This is a great dream, don’t wake me up.

  12. Dreaming is cool. (Cue Bevis and Butthead laugh)

  13. Think point gaurd in the TJack style. Does BO fit that picture?

  14. I would love to see Kellen Moore succeed in the NFL, and I would love it even more if he did it for us, absolutely love the kid, and in the right situation I think he certainly could.

  15. Out of the blue and all of a sudden, boom, a nighthawk sighting!

  16. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    i am really starting to think that if decastro is still there at 12 i don’t know how they pass on him. he would be bpa by far the guy is a beast. plug him in to left side of line and running game will improve. no more gallery falling down on a pull.

  17. JazBadAzz says:

    Trent Richardson and Beastmode=Patrick Willis and 9er defense nuetralizer

  18. JazBadAzz says:

    Kellen Moore measured 5’8″?!? Wow, can’t see how that can translate to nfl, even with his supurb anticipation!

  19. Dukeshire says:

    5’8″? I didn’t think he was that short. We all knew he wasn’t the 6′ or even 6’1″ ESPN’s page had him listed. But wow. That will turn a lot of teams off, immediately.

  20. JazBadAzz says:

    Just watched him run the 40 right after Russel Wilson (5’10”) and its really noticeable.

    Also saw Bevell on the field talking to Luck and Tannehill.

  21. JazBadAzz says:

    It might be the camera angle but I heard someone say 5’8″ for some reason. My apologies if I’m wrong!

  22. He (Moore) measured at exactly 6 feet, and just below 200 pounds.

  23. I would love DeCastro as well. Hall of Fame guards are a pretty sweet deal. Just ask Matt Hasselbeck and Shaun Alexander.

  24. JazBadAzz says:

    The height they showed was for a WR that was about to run but the camera was on Kellen so Mayock just read the screen info while talking about him, and I also did the same. I recheck it with the official hieght and I was wrong! Sorry again guys!

  25. I love DeCastro as much as anyone, but they already have Moffitt at RG, who I think is fine moving forward and Carp set to comPete at LG. If they draft DeCastro, that means Carp will stay at a position (RT) that I don’t believe best suites is abilities, which would be a bit counterproductive. Still, if he’s going to be a multiple Pro Bowl performer and you already addressed QB and the pass rush, then why not?

  26. I suppose RGIII runs a 4.38? Wow.

  27. JazBadAzz says:

    I saw this on twitter, who wants to beat that price?
    @NealDriscoll: Robert Griffin III runs a 4.38, not even fair….Redskins plan to offer 2012 and 2013 1st, 2012 2nd and 3rd

  28. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Osweiller got his a$$ KICKED by this guy in a head-to-head competition. A bowl game, no less. I’d rather have this guy:

  29. SeahawkFan12 says:

    And yes, he’s 6ft even…NOT 5’8″.

  30. JazBadAzz says:

    He plays like he’s 5’8″ lol weak arm!

  31. SandpointHawk says:

    RGIII just said he has not talked to Seattle this week….

  32. JazBadAzz says:

    I think that’s a good thing Sandpoint! #pokerface

  33. Kellen Moore looks like a little kid at the combine, I don’t see Moore getting drafted.

  34. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Whatever team ends up with Moore will have a diamond in the rough. He is not a starter yet, but he’d unemploy Josh Portis in very little time.

  35. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    bobby decastro is a natural lg where carp would be a move him in and hope for the best, yesterday however they were talking as if decastro could move out to right tackle as he was that good. either way if the best defenders are gone at 12 and he is there do you leave him for the cowboys? the thought of that makes me sick. and about half the mocks have him going cowboys

  36. For me, it depends. Say we still have T-Jack and Tannenhill is gone (Maybe Miami?). Then I’d say go for DeCastro, as 2013 will be another worthless, wasted season (and I could care less what anyone else says – you won’t get me to change my mind even if anyone here thinks otherwise, which is fine for you to think that – just don’t argue with me as to what I am supposed to or not supposed to think… lol), so why not try to get the best player for the future? It’s not like we’d have a realistic chance at the Super Bowl anyway so the continuation of getting the best players possible, regardless of position would be fine by me.

  37. chuck_easton says:

    Decastro played his entire career at Stanford at RG. How does that make him a natural LG? He’s never played the position.

  38. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    bobby i watched a lot of tannenhill i dont think he is the answer i would feel better waiting till rd 2-3 for one of the other QB’s. reguardless of how you feel about weedens age he is a better qb than tannenhill in my opinion. the one knock on him is his age other than that he would be a upgrade over tj. if he was still there in the 3 that would be a steal.
    now picture this get mario williams in FA draft decastro in rd 1 get a qb in 2 or 3 to develope but push tj. the d becomes e-lite the offense even with tj is good enough to win a super bowl when rushing for 150-175 yards a game. i watched dilfer get the ravens to the super bowl and he has a horrible QB. ofcouce akll this means little because they will probably pick someone we wouldnt expect.

  39. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    lol chuck thats what mayock said . once again they said he could be moved out to right tackle as well. he also can play center and left guard. this is all per his scouting report. versatility is his biggest upside.
    we can talk all day about D-line needs but out QB got slaughtered last year. we need to make sure we can keep our QB of the future alive and upright.

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