Oklahoma State senior quarterback Brandon Weeden is close to being NFL-ready, but that may not be enough to make this 28-year-old a high selection in the 2012 NFL Draft.
In the last two seasons, Weeden has thrown for 4,277 and 4,727 yards, respectively. He has tossed 71 total touchdown passes, and Weeden has completed no worse than 66.9 percent of his throws since becoming a full-time starter in 2010.
An elderly rookie
- Enough arm strength to make all of the necessary throws
- Good size (6-foot-3 1/2, 221 pounds)
- Mature - team leader
- Tough - played through a torn thumb tendon in 2010
- Throws with anticipation and timing on intermediate routes
- Pretty deep ball with efficient trajectory
- Makes pre-snap adjustments
- Accurate - completed 72.3 percent of his throws in 2011
- Productive - at least 4,200 yards and 34 touchdown passes
- Always keeps his eyes looking downfield
- Steps up into pressure
- On the fast track to start in the NFL
- Too often attempts throws he is not capable of making
- Ball sails on deep out patterns
- Too many turnovers (26 total interceptions the last two years)
- Injury concerns
- Will be 29 years old as a rookie - limited upside
- Inflated production from a spread offense
- Tends to stare down his target, often leading to defenders jumping the route
- Limited athleticism
- Accuracy may be exaggerated by a great cast of acrobatic wideouts
- Makes dangerous throws over the middle of the field when he is too late to feel incoming pressure
Expected draft placement
Weeden has second-round potential, but his age may hold him back and force the former Cowboy to be a third-rounder this April. He could be an option for the Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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