Denver Broncos hold the No. 25 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, and with all the questions still surrounding incumbent starter Tim Tebow, there is a decent chance the organization could take a quarterback prospect when the draft rolls around in April. Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III will be long gone by the time the Broncos draft, and they have so many other needs that trading up is essentially out of the picture, but there are other intriguing quarterback prospects that may be around later in the first round or even in the second.
SB Nation's NFL Draft blog, Mocking The Draft, ranked the quarterback prospects prior to the draft, and Michigan State Spartans QB Kirk Cousins (No. 7), Boise State Broncos QB Kellen Moore (No. 14), Arizona Wildcats QB Nick Foles (No. 6) and Oklahoma State Cowboys QB Brandon Weeden (No. 4) are all legitimate possibilities to end up in Denver. Cousins is a particularly interesting fit. Jon Dove of Mocking The Draft broke down his game, and here is a snippet of that analysis:
There is a lot to like about Cousins from his good arm strength to his on field leadership. The ball jumps out of his hand and arrives to his target with zip. There is no doubt that he can make all the necessary NFL throws. His ball placement and accuracy is good on all levels. He can read a defense and is able to locate secondary targets. Cousins has good anticipation which allows him to avoid turnovers and batted balls.Bold statement: Kirk Cousins will be a 2nd round pick in 2012
Bill Williamson of ESPN had a few interesting nuggets to add in his position preview, saying that if 29-year-old Brandon Weeden falls to Denver spot in the second round "he will be a favorite to be taken there." He also mentioned that he wouldn't be surprised if the Broncos took Brock Osweiler, and added that Todd McShay thinks the Broncos "could take a shot" on Kirk Cousins in the second round.