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.”