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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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:
The players granted special eligibility for the 2012 NFL Draft:
|Baker, Edwin||RB||Michigan State|
|Blackmon, Justin||WR||Oklahoma State|
|Brockers, Michael||DT||Louisiana State|
|Brown, Bryce||RB||Kansas State|
|Burfict, Vontaze||LB||Arizona State|
|Claiborne, Morris||DB||Louisiana State|
|Cox, Fletcher||DT||Mississippi State|
|Gilmore, Stephon||DB||South Carolina|
|Givens, Chris||WR||Wake Forest|
|Hampton, Jewel||RB||Southern Illinois|
|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|
|Jeffery, Alshon||WR||South Carolina|
|Kalil, Matt||T||Southern California|
|Kuechly, Luke||LB||Boston College|
|Manning, Terrell||LB||North Carolina State|
|Osweiler, Brock||QB||Arizona State|
|Paige-Moss, Donte||DE||North Carolina|
|Perry, Nick||DE||Southern California|
|Randle, Rueben||WR||Louisiana State|
|Robinson, Josh||DB||Central Florida|
|Scott, Darrell||RB||South Florida|
|Thomas, Johnny||DB||Oklahoma State|
|Wilson, David||RB||Virginia Tech|
|Worthy, Jerel||DT||Michigan State|
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