One of the most controversial picks in the Broncos 2012 draft came with the 25th pick in the second round. A lot of people think the Broncos needed to draft a player that could start right away. The more I study this young man, the more I really like this pick. If you think about it, he was projected to be a late 2nd-3rd pound pick this year. We picked him up at the end of the second round, maybe we could've moved back 10-20 spots and still selected him. I think Elway didn't want to risk losing him, especially to a team like the Chiefs.
I think he may have one of the biggest arms out of all of the quarterbacks taken this year. I have watched some tape on him (I am not an expert) but one of the things that I really liked was his toughness to hang in the pocket. He will stand in the pocket and make the throw even with a big defensive tackle crashing down in his face. He is also very young, he doesn't turn 22 until November, so he can sit behind Manning for 3-5 years and he will still be able to give us at least 10 good years when his time comes. He appears to be thrilled to be here and eager to work hard and learn as much as possible. He said that he plans on buying a big notebook and just writing down everything Peyton Manning does. While it would have been nice to draft someone who could come in right away, I am very excited for the long term future of the Denver Broncos.
I think the main reseaon he didn't go sooner in the draft was his lack of experience, he is a very raw prospect (only 15 starts in college) . I believe if he would have returned to Arizona State for another year, he would've been a top 20 pick in next year's draft. Similar to how RG3 improved his stock (a lot of people had RG3 as a mid to late round pick last year and some even thought he would have to move to reciever). I feel that we basically traded our late 2nd round pick this year for a mid 1st round pick next year.
We won't know for a few years if he is going to develop into the franchise quarterback that Elway drafted him to be. I think it's going to be fun to watch him develop under the tutelage of Elway and Manning. His situation is very similar to Aaron Rodgers back in 2005, although I expect Manning to be a better mentor than Favre was. That doesn't guarantee anything but let's just say I won't be shocked if he ends up being the quarterback that leads us to a lot of victories in the next 15 years. I think the future of this team is very bright and I'm excited to see how far we can go. Is it September yet???