Kalispell native Brock Osweiler and former Montana Grizzly Trumaine Johnson both found new homes in the NFL today.
With the 57th overall pick in the second round, Kalispell native Brock Osweiler was selected by the Denver Broncos. With the 65th overall pick in the 3rd round, Johnson was picked by the St. Louis Rams on Friday in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Standing at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, Johnson was a four-year starter at Montana and an All-American this past fall. He finished his collegiate career with 15 interceptions for the Grizzlies.
The Rams organization is not a stranger to Montana Grizzlies; Rams head coach Jeff Fisher was the head coach of the Titans in 2010 when Tennessee selected Griz receiver Marc Mariani in the seventh round. Tru Johnson's new pro team includes his former teammate running back Chase Reynolds, who joined the Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2011.
The former Flathead High School star Osweiler was rated as the 62nd best prospect entering the draft, and was rated the 5th best at the quarterback position.
During his career as Arizona State, which he only attended through his junior season before declaring for the draft, Osweiler had a career record of 7-8 while losing his last five starts in a row.
Osweiler only has one year as a full-time starter behind him, but he put up solid numbers on an average team with 4,036 passing yards, 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
At 6-foot-7 and 238 lbs, Osweiler is one of the tallest quarterback prospects in history. Once at training camp for Denver, Osweiler will compete with Caleb Hanie and Adam Weber for Denver's backup quarterback job.
After the Broncos recently signed Peyton Manning during free agency, it appears the Broncos are hoping that Osweiler will set themselves up for the post-Manning era before it's even really started.