ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - The Denver Broncos may have just found the eventual heir apparent to Peyton Manning.
And his insurance policy, too.
The Broncos selected Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler with their second pick in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday night. Given that Manning's coming off neck surgery, the raw but talented Osweiler is just one snap away from possibly leading this team as a rookie.
"I'll be ready to roll," he nonchalantly said in a conference call after being taken with the 57th overall pick. "Regardless of whatever the situation is this year, I'll be ready when my name gets called."
The quarterback-in-waiting can't wait to be mentored by Manning. The 6-foot-7 Osweiler is a former high school hoops standout who turned down a scholarship to Gonzaga to remain on the gridiron at ASU. He realizes he can learn a thing or two under the wing of Manning.
"I could not be any more excited to be going to Denver to learn from Peyton Manning," said Osweiler, who threw for 4,036 yards and 26 TDs last season for the Sun Devils. "A lot of quarterbacks might be upset having to sit behind somebody where I look at it as a tremendous opportunity to learn from one of the best, if not the best to ever play the game."
Following the pick, Broncos boss John Elway tweeted: "Excited that Brock Osweiler is going to be a Bronco. Very talented & will have a great opportunity to learn from one of the best."