Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State
6-foot-4, 221 pounds
Draft projection: second or third round
Lowdown: Weeden started the past two years for the Cowboys and completed 69.5 percent of his passes for 9,260 yards with 75 touchdowns and 27 interceptions. He has prototypical size. He will be 29 years old in October. Weeden got a late start on his college football career because he was the 71st overall pick in the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft. A right-handed pitcher, he was drafted by the Yankees, traded to the Dodgers then moved to the Royals. He eventually developed a torn labrum and tendinitis in the rotator cuff of his throwing shoulder, so after the 2006 season he went back to football and enrolled at Oklahoma State. He never needed surgery on the shoulder. In the 2012 Fiesta Bowl, he passed for 399 yards and produced four touchdowns in a 41-38 win over Andrew Luck and Stanford. He had a strong supporting cast and operated in an offense that relied on half-field reads. Nevertheless, his arm strength and size make him intriguing.
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper: “Brandon Weeden to me would have been a guaranteed top 10 or 15 pick if he was 22 or 23. His numbers across the board – ranked teams, 70.7 percent (completions); red zone, 69 percent. On third down he was tremendous. His arm, his release, his accuracy, his intelligence, his leadership. He’s a heckuva quarterback.”