26. Brock Osweiler, Houston Texans
The Texans have struggled mightily at quarterback since Matt Schaub’s demise in 2013 while missing out on a few draft picks, holding back what has otherwise been a pretty talented roster. They believe they’ve found the answer in Osweiler, and were willing to take the risk of giving him $37 million guaranteed.
Osweiler appeared in eight games for the champion Broncos last year, throwing for just shy of 2,000 yards before being benched in favor Manning for the postseason. While Osweiler has always had plenty of upside and is probably going to be an upgrade for Houston’s previous situation, he remains unproven and may not be the long-term answer.
While Osweiler catalyzed the Broncos to a 5-2 record as a starter when they needed it most, he threw six interceptions and posted a so-so quarterback rating of 86.4. There have been some concerns about Osweiler’s mechanics as well, as his height can lead to some slow release times.
On the other hand, there were plenty of positive moments for Osweiler in his first go-around as an NFL starting quarterback, which a good sign. Brian Hoyer was able to lead the Texans to the playoffs in 2015, and Osweiler has more than enough potential to repeat that run.
If Osweiler regresses from his initial eight-game stint, the Texans will be in big trouble with their quarterback situation once again.
Next: 25. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins