The draft stock of Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler has set the stage for some recent NFL.com-on-NFL.com crime, with Gil Brandt calling Osweiler a first-round pick after his Pro Day performance and Charley Casserly putting Osweiler in round four. Fellow NFL employee Michael Lombardi agreed with Casserly, saying “I don’t think you could ever possibly consider [Osweiler] a first-round talent.”
The fact that Osweiler has been invited to attend the draft hardly constitutes a tiebreaker.
For starters, Brandt is closely involved with the process of determining who gets invited to attend the annual selection meeting at Radio City Music Hall. So it’s not surprising that a guy Brandt regards as a first-round talent would get one of the invitations to the party.
Then there’s the reality that, nowadays, the invitations run deep into the draft pool. Last year, for example, one of the record 25 players who attended, former Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich, wasn’t even picked.
So Osweiler’s invitation means only that he’s been invited. It doesn’t mean he’ll be drafted in round one or in round seven or in any round in between, or in any round at all.
Osweiler tells NFL.com that he hasn’t decided whether he’ll accept the invitation. And his best move may be to stay away. Otherwise, he could be sitting there all night Thursday. And all night Friday. And part of the day Saturday.