Biography: Moved into the starting lineup as a junior and threw for 63.2%/4036 yards/28 TDs/16 interceptions. First Arizona State quarterback to throw for more than 4000 yards in a season.
Positives: King-size pocket passer with an NFL arm but undeveloped game. Has a quick release and throws darts. Sells ball fakes, stands in the pocket and takes the big hit to get the ball away. Flashes the ability to throw beautiful passes. Better than average skills eluding pass rushers. Improvises when things break down.
Negatives: Indecisive, struggles under the rush and makes poor decisions. Does not find the safety or display a sense of what's happening on the field. Very slow going to secondary targets. Lacks timing and late on throws. Does not release the ball with proper technique. Throws with a three quarters/side-arm delivery, consistently releases the ball off his back foot and changes his point of release.
Analysis: Osweiler has the physical skills to play at the next level, but needs a lot of work on his game. He must improve his throwing fundamentals, defensive reads and decision-making to have any chance of starting. He really needed another season in college to develop his game. He?s likely to be over-drafted due to his awesome physical skills.
John W. McDonough
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