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Impressive Pro Day helps quarterback Brandon Weeden

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The reviews are in on the Pro Day performance from Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden, and observers said he looked good.

NFL Network’s Mike Mayock lists Weeden as his No. 4 quarterback in this year’s draft, behind Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Ryan Tannehill. Weeden isn’t as good an athlete as any of those quarterbacks, but he showed good enough measurables that his athleticism isn’t a concern.

“I’m guessing he’s going to go in the second round,” Mayock said. “He ran a 4.9 40, he did all the shuttles, he did all the jumps, he’s more athletic than people thought he was.”

Also not a concern is Weeden’s arm: He had good passing numbers at Oklahoma State and threw well today.

“He made every throw you can make,” Mayock said. “The ones I wanted to see were outside the numbers. I know he can drive it inside the numbers, I know he can throw the seam, the deep in cuts — he showed me that in the game. What I saw today was the ability to drive it outside the numbers. . . . He showed every throw, he made every throw, and it was really impressive.”

What is a concern is age: Weeden is 28, having played five years of minor league baseball before committing himself to college football, and NFL teams wonder how many good years they’ll get out of him. He’s not a quarterback to draft as a long-term project, he’s a quarterback to draft if a team wants a rookie who’s capable of starting in Week One.

Peter King quoted one general manager comparing Weeden to Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton as someone who’s able to learn an NFL offense quickly and start as a rookie. If Weeden is that kind of player, he’ll be a good deal for some team — even if he is two months older than Aaron Rodgers.

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  1. vidae1 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:31 PM

    Did he drop six years on his age at his pro day? That’s all people are concerned with. Third round pick.

  2. dolfan1 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:31 PM

    Hope Denver likes him cause there not getting Manning!

  3. hutkov says: Mar 9, 2012 6:38 PM

    Welcome to the Cleveland Browns Brandon.

  4. jollyrob68 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:38 PM

    Browns need to draft Blackman then Weeden.

  5. lombardihero says: Mar 9, 2012 6:39 PM

    Weeden is the best 28 year old QB in this years draft hands down…. Oh wait he’s the only 28 year old in the whole draft.

    He is 2 months older than Aaron Rodgers:)

  6. gmsalpha says: Mar 9, 2012 6:41 PM

    I’d take him over Akili Smith, Alex Smith, David Carr, JaMarcus Russell or Tim Couch.

  7. profootballwalk says: Mar 9, 2012 6:41 PM

    By the time the guy gets on an NFL field, he’ll be getting AARP mailings.

  8. conormacleod says: Mar 9, 2012 6:45 PM

    2nd round? For a guy that will be 30 before he learns the playbook? Wow. No way he should go before mid 3rd round…at best.

  9. autumnwind999 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:45 PM

    I think Weeden is a really good QB. The age thing is kind of weird, but you could still get up to 10 years out of the guy. Good prospect for a team with questions about their starter such as AZ, NYJ, Jacksonville, KC, Washington, Cleveland, etc. –pending the shuffling of Manning, RGIII, Flynn, etc.

  10. gator2006 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:51 PM

    2nd Round for somebody who is mature and will provide at least 2 contracts worth of play? Sounds like a steal. There are no guarantees the guy you draft in the first round age 22 will want to stick around longer than the rookie contract.

  11. gator2006 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:52 PM

    Matt Flynn will be 27 before the 2012 season.

  12. trollhammer20 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:53 PM

    With the eleventh pick of the second round in the 2012 NFL draft, the Seattle Seahawks select…

  13. dcollins8 says: Mar 9, 2012 7:02 PM

    Its actually Blackmon, No doubt he goes in the second round

  14. jenniferxxx says: Mar 9, 2012 7:06 PM

    He still doesn’t look as goofy as Jay Cutler.

  15. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 9, 2012 7:08 PM

    “Brandon may be 28, but c’mon, the guy doesn’t look a day over 14. His best football is ahead of him.”.

  16. terrellblowens says: Mar 9, 2012 7:11 PM

    Wouldn’t be shocked to see him get picked by the Eagles. Not because they want or need a QB, but Danny Watkins needs to be one-upped as last year’s oldest rookie

  17. brownsclown says: Mar 9, 2012 7:11 PM

    That pfffffftttthhh you hear is the Rams leverage disapating. Right now it looks like the Phins get Manning; the Hawks get Flynn; and the Browns go for Weeden in the second round. Washington can sit tight and choose between RG3 and Tanneyhill!

  18. stevenfbrackett says: Mar 9, 2012 7:15 PM

    Why not get him to back up Rodgers? Flynn is leaving and Graham Herrell just isn’t very good at this point.

  19. golions1 says: Mar 9, 2012 7:19 PM

    And 5 years older than Matt Stafford.

  20. glazerh8er says: Mar 9, 2012 7:27 PM

    Any team in the league, any team, would be dumb not to draft him if he’s there in the 3rd round. Take his age out he’s a 1st rounder. So you get a first round talent who has played professional sports already on the cheap. Simply cannot hurt your team.

  21. bigshirk says: Mar 9, 2012 7:37 PM

    This dude is good, if he was 23. They would be talking top 10.

  22. eaglesnoles05 says: Mar 9, 2012 7:52 PM

    3rd best qb in the draft, imo. Sucks he’s 28, but hey, due can play pro quarterback and be had in the 2nd or 3rd- you’re a fool if you need a QB and don’t take him there

  23. zn0rseman says: Mar 9, 2012 7:52 PM

    I think one of the issues that impacts rookie QB’s heavily inthe NFL is maturity. I also think that people are forgetting that Weeden is a guy who comes into the game a mature man, one who commands respect and can lead. I truly think that if he falls into the right situation, he could very well be the most reductive rookie QB in this class. Lord knows I don’t envy the horrible situation that Andrew Luck is going to inherit…

  24. eaglesnoles05 says: Mar 9, 2012 7:53 PM

    Alot of people can be scared away by two words: Chris Weinke

  25. lombardihero says: Mar 9, 2012 7:56 PM

    Jeez slow down some people I love Weeden I think he is going to be a very good QB.. I like that he has morals and is a great kid……

    Flynn will be 27 big difference he has served his apprenticeship which has been 4 years and that exp by itself is very valuable.

    Just the training camps alone and the preseasons games helps these guys prepare to play in the NFL.

    Instead of Weeden having a 14 to 16 year career teams are looking at about an 8 to year 10 career and for many teams that is just fine.

    I say he goes late 2nd early 3rd round.

  26. romoscollarbone says: Mar 9, 2012 8:20 PM

    If you get 6 quality years from him. That would be better than about 95% of draft picks. It’s an inexact science, if you like him, you draft him, you coach him up and hopefully win.

  27. wickerphil says: Mar 9, 2012 8:31 PM

    The issue with Weeden is that he has been a man competing against boys. A physically and mentally mature 28 year old man competing against 19 and 20 year olds. If you are 21 years old competing against 21 year olds, then your advantage is due to your skills and ability, not your age. So, when you compete against the grown men in the NFL, you will have that skill/ability advantage and will only need to catch up physically and mentally. But if you are 28 years old, you are no longer going to have the age advantage over the NFL athletes, and there is no evidence that you are going to have a skill advantage either.

    And even at 28, Weeden didn’t exactly dominate the college level. He played in a gimmick air raid type offense for a very talented team. But they barely got by Texas A&M, Texas (the 2 most talented defenses they played) and Kansas State, lost to Iowa State, and only got by Stanford and Andrew Luck because of Stanford’s freshman kicker.

    The issue IS NOT Weeden’s not having a very long NFL career. Assuming he can play right away, he can give a team 8 good years, more than enough time to win a Super Bowl. The real issue is that because he’s a grown man that has been competing against teenagers – and doing so for a very talented, well coached team at that – there is no way to truly gauge his talent or skill until you get him into an NFL training camp. Add that to the fact that he is basically as good as he is going to get – because QBs are in their peak years when they are from 26 to 33 – and it really is not a good risk. Especially if you are not going to try to run an NFL version of his college offense.

  28. staffordsyear says: Mar 9, 2012 9:01 PM

    Browns will grab rg3.

  29. mianfr says: Mar 9, 2012 9:06 PM

    Yeah, he’s also going to be hurt by the fact that there are like 6 teams who can realistically draft him.

    Those teams being the Ravens, the 49ers, the Jets, the Chiefs, the Cardinals, and maybe the Texans.

    It has to be a team that’s more or less close-ish to competing for a championship but is unsettled at the QB position (or, in Houston’s case, has a frail quarterback) that already knows going in that at least the franchise’s offense is going to need a complete rebuild within the next five years.

  30. dcollins8 says: Mar 9, 2012 9:14 PM

    Offense is suited to obtain huge passing yards but he can make all the throws

  31. duncanthecat says: Mar 9, 2012 9:36 PM

    First half of the 2nd round someone will be ready to take him…Redskins might even have to trade up from their 2nd round position.

    TB trades down to someone looking to set infront of the Redskins for Tannenhill.

  32. GO BROWNS! says: Mar 10, 2012 12:11 AM

    More like Brandon Weinke… with Blackmon and Obi-Wan Weeden in tow the Browns become The Cowboys!!! Ride’EM HECKERT YEEEHAW!

  33. mjkelly77 says: Mar 10, 2012 1:29 AM

    ” … he’ll be a good deal for some team — even if he is two months older than Aaron Rodgers.”
    ________________________

    Yeah but Rodgers looks like a 50 year old drunk.

  34. draconian1111 says: Mar 10, 2012 5:34 AM

    28 – but not “football” 28 – hasn’t been taking the hits all that time. The body is younger than your average 28 year old QB. Back when Nebraska was in the Big 12 – facing this kid was tough – a shootout as they had no defense – but – he can play! If he makes it into the 3rd round – he’s a steal.

  35. karl422 says: Mar 10, 2012 10:33 AM

    I may be crazy but I have a very good feeling about him. Some team is going to get a great QB with a 2nd round pick.

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