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Brandon Weeden

Brandon Weeden - #3 - QB

Height: 6-3 1/2
Weight: 221
Speed: 4.89
Arm: 31 3/4
Hand: 9 5/8
Wingspan: 76 1/8
Birthdate: 10/14/1983
Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
Grade: 5.60


Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/09/2012 Oklahoma State Pro Day 6-3 3/4 217 9 1/2 30 3/4 76 3/4 4.89 8'6" 32 4.45 7.36
02/29/2012 Combine 6-3 1/2 221 9 5/8 31 3/4 76 1/8
01/23/2012 Senior Bowl 6-3 1/2 219 9 1/2 30 5/8 76 1/2
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 6-4 215 4.95



Married. Played one year of high school football. Also played basketball and starred in baseball as an Oklahoma prep — was drafted in the second round of the 2002 MLB draft by the New York Yankees but never advanced beyond high-Class A level. Came back to football in ’07 and redshirted. Saw very limited action in one game in ’08. Backed up Zac Robinson in ’09 and completed 15-of-24 pass attempts (62.5 percent) for 248 yards with four touchdowns and one interception in three games. Took over in ’10 and produced 342-511-4,277-34-13 (66.9). Ruptured a tendon in his right (throwing) thumb in the opener and was bothered by the injury the rest of the season. A finalist for the Manning Award in ’11, he set numerous school records (yards, completions, attempts and touchdown passes) after posting 408-564-4,727-37-13 (72.4) in 13 starts. Will be a 28-year-old rookie. Had a 23-3 record in 26 career starts.


Good size and ball-handling — very careful with the ball. Outstanding arm strength — can drill back-shoulder throws and rip it with high rpm. Has an over-the-top release and quick, compact snap throwing motion. Knows how to change speeds and gauge his arm from short range. Mature and grounded. Strong work habits. Respected team leader.


Operated heavily out of the shotgun in a spread offense featuring simple, half-field reads that inflated his statistics. Tended to bird-dog and force the ball to Justin Blackmon. Inconsistent deep-ball placement — throws to spots. Struggles to handle and escape pressure and has limited mobility to escape. Can be rattled by the rush. Does not like to be hit. Wilts against the blitz. Relies too much on his arm — footwork is not clean. Overaged. Arm durability needs to be evaluated. Average Senior Bowl showing exposed difficulty adjusting to working under center and cycling through reads — will require time to adjust. Limited upside.


After an extended minor-league baseball career, Weeden embarks upon an NFL career with considerable tread worn off his tires, and the simplified offense in which he played could push his development into his 30s. Displayed the careful ballhandling and short-to-intermediate accuracy desired in a precision passing game, but passing instincts are still raw for a more sophisticated, layered, pro-style, rhythm passing game. Has the arm talent to function in a vertical offense with a strong protection scheme and supporting cast but is most ideally suited for a backup role. 

Brandon Weeden's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
7.01-9.00Top 10

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