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Weeden chooses not to attend the draft

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With the draft three weeks away, one of the story lines that inevitably will emerge are the players who have been invited to, and who will attend, the festivities at Radio City Music Hall.

One of the invited players has declined.  Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden tells NFL.com that he won’t be there.

I really contemplated going,” Weeden said. “I hope to go in the first round, but there are a lot of unknowns.”

The 28-year-old incoming rookie hopes to be taken in the first round, which could explain his reluctance to attend.  Though he potentially could sneak into the final selections of the opening night, it’s not likely.

It’s also not likely that the Browns will use the fourth overall pick on Weeden, who is three years older than the team’s current starter.  But the Browns could be thinking about taking Weeden with the 22nd selection obtained from the Falcons last year or, more likely, with the 36th overall pick in round two.  Weeden spent Sunday and Monday in Cleveland visiting the team.

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25 Responses to “Weeden chooses not to attend the draft”
  1. letangusespertplus says: Apr 5, 2012 11:13 PM

    who wants a 30 year old rookie backup qb who was only good cause of bryant and blackmon.

  2. Tarkus says: Apr 5, 2012 11:17 PM

    Smart move on his part.

  3. sledgehorn says: Apr 5, 2012 11:20 PM

    Good move by him, would be awkward as hell if he was still there when the round ended. Would be a smart idea to come in for the second round though. Guaranteeing to get picked then, and the coolness of being the oldest player ever drafted (well, tied for the record) would be fun to have on tape.

  4. walkedintoabar says: Apr 5, 2012 11:21 PM

    will be interesting to see if his age makes him transition faster due to maturity. he hasnt logged many more miles on his body than the current draftees

  5. chawk12thman says: Apr 5, 2012 11:25 PM

    He makes a reasoned, sound decision……Hmmm…..maybe worth the 22nd pick.

  6. nomoreseasontix says: Apr 5, 2012 11:26 PM

    Why attend just so they can show endless shots of him not being picked?
    It would be kind of humiliating…

  7. craigmaitland says: Apr 5, 2012 11:41 PM

    Barf at the thought of anyone using a top 2 or 3 round pick on a 28 yr old.

  8. gopokes0714 says: Apr 5, 2012 11:47 PM

    Weeden is a great guy and a great ambassador for OSU. I can’t wait to see him have an impact in the NFL and hush all doubters.

    I know he would love to go in the first round, but it would be amazing if Blackmon and Weeden went to the same team. The only way that happens is if he goes second round. I even asked him to reconsider going to NY just to be there with Blackmon in case they do go to the same team. Obviously though it is more important for him to be home with his family during this major life event.

  9. lenke08 says: Apr 5, 2012 11:54 PM

    ryan mallet anyone

  10. geemoney713 says: Apr 6, 2012 12:23 AM

    Since when do second round players attend the draft?

  11. briang123 says: Apr 6, 2012 12:29 AM

    My team the Eagles would never use a 1st round pick on a 28-year old. Oh wait….

  12. trojan33sc says: Apr 6, 2012 1:08 AM

    Amazing, Weeden almost won the Heisman and suddenly he’s no good because of his age ?? Last I checked he’s a great “Athlete” who was playing professional baseball prior to starting for the Cowboys. The Browns should draft him with the 22nd pick and let him compete for the starting job !

  13. thatguywhoisactuallyamiamisportsfan says: Apr 6, 2012 1:48 AM

    He became comfortable with the fact that he is going to be rich for standing on the sideline.

  14. 4thquartermagic says: Apr 6, 2012 2:05 AM

    Was gonna make sum wise crack about how he doesn’t want to be the next Brady Quinn, sitting at the draft watching himself free-fall.

    But then I realized Brady Quinn might actually still be younger then Weeden!

  15. missouricharger says: Apr 6, 2012 2:13 AM

    good for him. he’s a class act and should be wished well.

  16. bassrecord says: Apr 6, 2012 2:25 AM

    This draft year’s smartest player and the biggest sleeper at QB. Also good bang for $.

  17. kenyonsupertramp says: Apr 6, 2012 4:45 AM

    How old was Kurt Warner when he signed with the Rams?

  18. staffordsyear says: Apr 6, 2012 6:16 AM

    Bears could use a qb.

  19. phillyphan72 says: Apr 6, 2012 7:03 AM

    craigmaitland
    Apr 5, 2012, 11:41 PM EDT
    Barf at the thought of anyone using a top 2 or 3 round pick on a 28 yr old.

    Eagles used #1 pick(I believe 23rd selection) on OL Danny Watkins last year,and I felt the same way.However he seems to be becoming a decent player .Now QB is another thing.Remember Chris Weinke. He was drafted at 28 or something I think and never worked out.I think a later round pick would be worth the gamble.So buyer beware

  20. coonsqualler says: Apr 6, 2012 7:42 AM

    Love to see the Browns pick him up with the 37th pick.

    Richardson at 4.
    Floyd/Wright/Jefferey at 22.
    Weeden at 37.

    In the 3rd and 4th get best RT and LB.

    Instant upgrade 5 picks and 5 starters!

    Just Sayin’…Go Brownies!

  21. jpb12 says: Apr 6, 2012 8:06 AM

    He can show up on his 4 wheeler with Petrino’s girlfriend riding along.

  22. tenotnamedmiller says: Apr 6, 2012 8:07 AM

    Old people tend to avoid late night events and draft does start at 7 or so.

  23. mjr53 says: Apr 6, 2012 11:24 AM

    Why would the Browns take him at 22? Who’s going to take him between 22 and 36?

  24. jeziyo247 says: Apr 6, 2012 12:42 PM

    @geemoney713, tom brady stayed til the sixth round

  25. dawglbfan says: Apr 6, 2012 4:57 PM

    “who wants a 30 year old rookie backup qb who was only good cause of bryant and blackmon.”

    The team who drafts Blackmon at 4 and has a chance to get him in the third round.

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