Brock Osweiler wasn’t only happy to be selected 57th overall, but was also elated to now be mentored by one of the game’s best.
“I’m just absolutely completely ecstatic to be a Denver Bronco,” said Osweiler in a teleconference tonight with the Denver media. “It’s a dream come true. I absolutely can’t wait to get to Denver, and can’t wait to get to work and give everything I have to that organization.
“I could not be any more excited to be going to Denver to learn from Peyton Manning. A lot of quarterbacks might be upset about having to sit behind somebody, whereas I look at it as a tremendous opportunity to learn from one of the best, if not the best, quarterback to ever play the game.”
Osweiler admitted that one of his good friends is Jack Elway, another former Arizona State quarterback and the son of the Denver Broncos’ executive vice president of football operations, John Elway. Yet, it was naturally much more than that friendship that peaked Denver’s interest in Osweiler.
Osweiler is the first ASU quarterback, to be drafted since the Oakland Raiders selected Andrew Walter in 2005. While Osweiler started in just 15 games in his Sun Devil tenure, it’s the last 12 contests of his junior campaign that materialized into an impressive resume.
Osweiler became the first quarterback in the history of Sun Devil football to throw for over 4,000 yards, finishing the season with 4,036. He also set new school records for completions (326) and attempts (516) and threw for 26 touchdowns (against 13 interceptions), the fourth most in school history. His 63.2 completion percentage is another school record that he achieved in 2011.
His resolution to forgo his senior season was met with a good deal of criticism, yet needless to say that today’s events were more than enough proof for Osweiler that this career move did yield desirable dividends.
“I could not be any happier with my decision,” Osweiler said. “Absolutely no regret on entering the draft. I feel that this is a perfect fit. I cannot wait to get up there and learn from the great coaching staff and learn from John and Peyton as well.”
Osweiler is looking forward to “picking the brain” of the Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway, and the opportunity to be tutored by Manning is simply priceless for the former Sun Devil standout.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, Osweiler isn’t expected to play much in his rookie year with the Broncos and possibly be the third-string signal caller when the 2012 season commences. While he vows to be ready if called upon, he is more than happy to take a back seat, observe and act as the proverbial sponge ready to soak in all the knowledge that will be coming his way.
Being selected by the Broncos was a dream scenario and Osweiler knew what that setting would entail.
“Whether I’m the guy after Peyton or not, there are a bunch of great quarterbacks in Denver right now,” Osweiler said. “My job is to just go in and learn as much as I possibly can from Peyton, and I truly feel there’s no better quarterback in the game right now to be able to learn from and be around.
“Like I said, I’m ecstatic about the opportunity to go to Denver and learn from the game’s best.”