Friday has been a good day for NFL teams in search of a quarterback in the 2012 draft.
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III answered concerns about his height by measuring in at nearly 6-2 (1/2) and 223 pounds. Moments later, Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler, currently NFLDraftScout.com's No. 4 rated passer, measured in slightly shorter than he'd been listed by the Sun Devils. According to a league source, Osweiler measured in at 6-6 (7/8) and 242 pounds. He'd been listed by ASU at 6-8.
Typically, it is a bad thing for a player to measure in shorter than he was listed by the school but in the case of the lanky Osweiler, measuring in more than an inch shorter should help to ease concerns about his mobility. Osweiler shows surprisingly light feet and flexibility on tape for a quarterback of his size. There is no doubt that he's a unique athlete, considering the fact that he originally committed to Gonzaga University as a basketball player before electing to pursue football with the Sun Devils.
Despite Osweiler's rocket arm and athleticism, there are plenty of doubters who question if he'll be able to escape the speed of NFL pass rushers. This is mostly due to the fact that few quarterbacks of his size have had any sustained success in the NFL.
The only 6-8 quarterback in recent league history was former Seattle Seahawks' first round pick Dan McGwire (1991), whose lack of mobility contributed to him being a notable bust. On the other hand, there are a handful of successful NFL quarterbacks who measured in at 6-6, including Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens. Former Arkansas standout Ryan Mallett, drafted last year in the third round by the New England Patriots, is also 6-6 and played well when given an opportunity in the preseason.
My CBS colleague Pete Prisco makes the case that Osweiler should contend for first round consideration and perhaps leap Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill as the quarterback to follow Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. By measuring in as he did, Osweiler may have boosted his chances at doing both.