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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Record number of players granted special eligibility for NFL Draft

Posted by Ricky Zeller on January 23, 2012 – 12:40 pm

A total of 65 players have been granted special eligibility for the 2012 NFL Draft on April 26-28 in New York. Each of these players has met the league’s three-year eligibility rule and each has submitted a written application in which he renounced his remaining college football eligibility.  The deadline for receiving applications was Jan. 15.

The NFL Draft will kick off in primetime for the third consecutive year. The first round will be held on Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m. CT. The second and third rounds are set for Friday, April 27 at 6 p.m. CT. Rounds four through seven will be held on Saturday, April 28 at 11 a.m. CT.  

The annual totals of players granted special eligibility for the NFL Draft over the past 10 years:

2012:    65

2011:    56

2010:    53

2009:    46

2008:    53

2007:    40

2006:    52

2005:    51

2004:    43

2003:    47

The players granted special eligibility for the 2012 NFL Draft:

Player Pos. College
Alexander, Alvester RB Wyoming
Allen, Dwayne TE Clemson
Baker, Edwin RB Michigan State
Ball, Mike RB Nevada
Berryhill, Jamison RB Texas
Blackmon, Justin WR Oklahoma State
Brockers, Michael DT Louisiana State
Brown, Bryce RB Kansas State
Burfict, Vontaze LB Arizona State
Charles, Orson TE Georgia
Claiborne, Morris DB Louisiana State
Cox, Fletcher DT Mississippi State
DeCastro, David G Stanford
Eure, Tiree TE Minnesota
Forston, Marcus DT Miami
Gilmore, Stephon DB South Carolina
Givens, Chris WR Wake Forest
Graham, Dorian WR Syracuse
Griffin, Robert QB Baylor
Hampton, Jewel RB Southern Illinois
Harris, Cliff DB Oregon
Hightower, Dont’a LB Alabama
Hill, Stephen WR Georgia Tech
Hillman, Ronnie RB San Diego State
Holloway, Max DE Boston College
Hosley, Jayron DB Virginia Tech
Jackson, Janzen DB McNeese State
James, LaMichael RB Oregon
Jeffery, Alshon WR South Carolina
Johnson, Aldarius WR Miami
Johnson, Damaris WR Tulsa
Jones, Chandler DE Syracuse
Kalil, Matt T Southern California
Kirkpatrick, Dre DB Alabama
Konz, Peter C Wisconsin
Kuechly, Luke LB Boston College
Lewis, Ronnell DE Oklahoma
Luck, Andrew QB Stanford
Manning, Terrell LB North Carolina State
Martin, Jonathan T Stanford
Massie, Bobby T Mississippi
Mercilus, Whitney DE Illinois
Miller, Lamar RB Miami
Osweiler, Brock QB Arizona State
Page, Eric WR Toledo
Paige-Moss, Donte DE North Carolina
Perry, Nick DE Southern California
Pierce, Bernard RB Temple
Plue, Ken G Purdue
Poe, Dontari DT Memphis
Randle, Rueben WR Louisiana State
Reiff, Riley T Iowa
Richardson, Trent RB Alabama
Robinson, Josh DB Central Florida
Sanu, Mohamed WR Rutgers
Scott, Darrell RB South Florida
Streeter, Tommy WR Miami
Thomas, Darron QB Oregon
Thomas, Johnny DB Oklahoma State
Thomas, Phillip DB Syracuse
Trotter, Barrett QB Auburn
Vernon, Olivier DE Miami
Washington, Brandon T Miami
Wilson, David RB Virginia Tech
Worthy, Jerel DT Michigan State

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