Weeden thinks he can play right away

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on February 24, 2012 – 7:39 pm

INDIANAPOLIS–What if Brandon Weeden was 22, instead of 28?

“I’ll let you decide that,” Weed said to his inquisitor, with a smile. “That’s really the only red flag I have. It’s a small issue. With all of these great quarterbacks, I feel I belong in the middle of them. It’s a tough question to answer.”

Scouts might tell you that if Weeden was 22, instead of a 28-year-old that failed in his attempt at a Major League Baseball career, he might be a top-five pick. At least two scouts told me that Weeden, who threw for a ton of yards at Oklahoma State this past fall, has a better arm than Andrew Luck.

One pro coach told me at the Senior Bowl that one of his main interests in Mobile was to determine if Weed could be a starter in his rookie year. He has to play right away, the coach said, based on Weeden’s advanced age.

Can he play right away?

“I think so,” Weeden told reporters on Friday at the NFL scouting combine. “I’ve already been a pro. Baseball is a game of failure. I’ve already failed and overcome it. That’s the maturity factor that helps me play right away. It just takes one team. I think I’ll be a good pick, whichever team takes me.”

So, which team will it be?


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