Pre-Combine Draft Buzz - Offense
By Fran Duffy
Posted 21 hours ago
As the entire NFL community congregates in Indianapolis for the second time in three weeks, draft prospects around the country are preparing for the biggest job interview of their lives: the National Scouting Combine. What players are generating the most buzz as we head to the proverbial football meat market? We talked with draft experts from around the country to get the inside scoop on each position.
Quarterback (Shane Hallam – Draft Countdown):
Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden has a lot of buzz right now after a very productive senior season and a solid week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL. Weeden will turn 29 this year, so many teams may sour on him as a long-term option but a team that is in "win now" mode could get a steal in the second or third round of the draft. Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler's big arm and basketball backgorund has been causing some buzz as well as he moves up draft boards and gets ready for the Combine later this week. In Indianapolis, he will have the chance to showcase some of the physical talents that NFL teams could fall in love with.
Our Take: Weeden was considered by many to have had the best week of practice in Mobile among the quarterbacks (though Michigan State's Kirk Cousins may have something to say about that). How will Weeden’s arm strength match up against the likes of Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and Osweiler in Indianapolis? That answer could go a long way in determining where Weeden comes off the board. Osweiler caught my eye during film study because of his exceptional arm strength. He's a player who's stock I would greatly expect to see rise after this weekend.