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The Other Guys: Cosell Breaks Down Second-Tier Quarterbacks
By on April 19, 2012 at 9:46 am

Once it became evident where Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III would be selected, any pre-draft intrigue disappeared. Instead, Ryan Tannehill became the man of the hour, prompting an onslaught of attention and analysis.

At this point, you likely have a good handle on how Tannehill’s experience–or lack thereof–at Texas A&M has prepared him for the NFL.

But what about the other guys? As the draft moves past the first round, there will be several options at quarterback if the Dolphins are still looking for one. NFL Films’ Greg Cosell did an in-depth film study of Kirk Cousins, Brock Osweiler and Brandon Weeden, picking apart each of their games. 

While Cousins was Michigan State’s starting quarterback, the Spartans had unprecedented, consistent success. When they had the ground game clicking, Cousins was really able to control the game with a controlled passing attack.

“At his best, Cousins was a timing and anticipation passer who was quick and decisive with his reads,” Cosell wrote. “He was a plant-and-throw quarterback, most effective when he could hit his back foot and deliver the ball on time, in rhythm.”

While his strong timing could help him thrive in a West Coast offense, there are concerns about Cousins’ arm strength.

“”He was a touch passer without much snap to his throws,” Cosell wrote. “That must be accompanied by outstanding decision making and precise ball location. Cousins was not as consistent as he needs to be in both areas given his arm-strength limitations.”

Cosell liked Arizona State’s Brock Osweiler because of his willingness to stand in the pocket and deliver a fast ball.

“He was a confident passer, willing to pull the trigger on tight throws into small windows,” Cosell wrote. “There’s always a balance between sticking throws and forcing the ball, but the aggressive mentality to let it loose is a positive as he transitions to the NFL.”

This, however, may have affected Osweiler’s ball placement and caused inconsistency.

“What jumped out right away, however, was his tendency to overstride when he delivered the ball, especially on intermediate throws,” Cosell wrote. “That lowered his arm angle significantly and at times forced him to push the ball, hindering both velocity and accuracy.”

If not for concerns about his age, Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden would be a no-doubt first round pick. Based on throwing ability alone, Weeden is an intriguing prospect.

“When Weeden has time and functional space to deliver the ball comfortably, he’s the purest and best pocket passer in this draft class,” Cosell wrote.

Of course, Weeden won’t always have a clean pocket. This concerns Cosell, and he’s worried that he may have a difficult time adjusting to the faster-paced NFL game.

“The sample was small, given how well he was protected, but it was there nonetheless,” Cosell wrote. “When blitzed, Weeden struggled with both recognition and execution.”


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