May 4, 2012 1:56 PM by Derek Buerkle (KPAX Sports)
MISSOULA- It takes a confident person to put it all on the line and that's what Brock Osweiler did when he left Arizona State after his junior year to enter the NFL draft.
It all worked out perfectly for the Denver Broncos' newest quarterback, but before the selection came down last Friday, the Kalispell native was sweating it out.
"I was kind of expecting Denver to do something with that 57th pick. You know, as it got closer, my stomach kept tightening up more and more, and I was getting more and more anxious. And you know, to the point that I could barely breathe," Osweiler recalled.
"It was ridiculous. Next thing I know, my phone starts vibrating and I look down and it's a 303 number. And I just jump up and yell it's the Broncos! I answer my phone, and you know, I could not have been any happier in that moment," he added.
The pick didn't surprise Osweiler or many draft experts who expected Denver to take a quarterback. The former Flathead Brave stands 6'7" tall and although some say that's a problem, Osweiler insists he hasn't played a down in his life where he wished he was shorter.
But his physical skills won't be as important as his mental approach early on and the young QB wants to resemble a sponge when he starts backing-up Peyton Manning.
"To be able to sit behind a future hall of fame quarterback, and pick his brain every day, and observe what he does. And you know, not only him, but you've got John Elway right down the hallway, you know, anytime you have a question," Osweiler said.
He flirted with basketball earlier in his life, and even verbally committed to play for Gonzaga. But now feels his first professional gig could not have worked out any better.
"My sole vision since I was probably seven or eight years old was to play in the NFL. I cannot be any happier with the situation I'm going to, the city I'm going to. It's such a special opportunity," Osweiler told us in an interview.
Osweiler will stay in Arizona for another week and then travel to Denver for his first mini-camp next Thursday. He says he is planning a vacation back home in the Flathead Valley sometime in July.