Trevor Siemian might not be the next Peyton Manning, but the two quarterbacks play for the same team as of Saturday afternoon.
Siemian, the Northwestern product, was selected in the seventh round of the NFL Draft on Saturday, the 250th overall pick, going to the Denver Broncos.
Siemian was one of just seven quarterbacks drafted in this weekend's draft and the only quarterback drafted that attended a Big Ten school.
He joins Manning, arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history, as well as Brock Osweiler and Zac Dysert on the Broncos' QB depth chart.
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Last season was Siemian's lone campaign as the Wildcats' sole starting quarterback. He played in all but one game, the season finale against Illinois, completing 58.2 percent of his passes for 2,214 yards with seven touchdowns compared to 11 interceptions. A banged-up receiving corps and poor offensive line play — plus Siemian's own injury, which he played through after sustaining it in the first couple weeks of the season — contributed to his less-than-stellar season.
As a sophomore and junior, Siemian split time at quarterback with Kain Colter in a two-quarterback system that proved mighty effective in 2012 and rather ineffective in 2013. All in all, in four seasons at Northwestern, Siemian passed for 5,931 yards, 27 touchdowns and 24 interceptions.
Here's what Broncos vice president and general manager John Elway — a guy who knows a thing or two about quarterbacking — had to say after drafting Siemian:
7th rd pick Trevor Siemian had a productive career as a quarterback at Northwestern. He has raw talent and we think he will develop nicely.
— John Elway (@johnelway) May 2, 2015