It’s been a good week for Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden. Weeden has stood out at the Senior Bowl as the most NFL-ready of this year’s quarterback crop in Mobile.
The 6-foot-3, 219 pound Weeden has appeared the most poised and polished of a group that consists of Arizona’s Nick Foles, Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson, Boise State’s Kellen Moore, Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins, and San Diego State’s Ryan Lindley. Many analysts believe Weeden will be battling it out with Foles, Cousins, and a few others for the rights to the fourth quarterback spot in April’s 2012 NFL Draft.
For Weeden the pre-draft process isn’t as typical as it should be. See the problem with Weeden isn’t a Tim Tebow resurrection of mechanics or a Ryan Mallett-like bevy of interviews based on past indiscretions—it’s about his age.
Weeden is 28-years old and will be 29 by the time the 2012 NFL season reaches the midway mark. There’s no all-star game or Combine test that can factor in the “draft-ability” of a 28-year old that will be expected to play immediately.
Barring a Fausto Carmona switch of identity, Weeden won’t change the fact that he will be a 29-year old rookie. The Senior Bowl has allowed Weeden the opportunity to prove that he is ready to play sooner than expected. Weeden has been the hands down top signal caller this week while under the watchful eye of NFL decision-makers. Read the rest of this entry » «Brandon Weeden looking to prove age is only a number»