In the battle for the white ribbon amongst NFL quarterback hopefuls, Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden is telling teams to not hold the fact that he’s nearing 30 years of age against him. In a recent interview with Dan Patrick, Weeden, who is being praised for his maturity as well as his football skill set, feels that the fact he was born while Ronal Raegen was in his first term should have nary an impact on where he is taken.
“I try to tell teams when we’re going through the interview deal, ‘Treat me like I am 22,’” said Weeden. ”Try to go through this process and evaluate me as if I’m a 22-year-old.
“I don’t believe my age should even affect it. Obviously people are out there saying it should, we’ll find out in ten days and we’ll go from there, but really and truly, 22 or 28, it shouldn’t matter. I don’t think many people play 20 years in the NFL, but if I can play eight or ten years, that’s a pretty good NFL career.”
Weeden then mentioned the fact that his age does have its benefits, citing experience and maturity, saying that both characteristics will help smooth the transition to the next level.
Cleveland Browns general manager Tom Heckert is said to be a big fan of Weeden. He was the subject of the comments wherein Heckert said that he “may not be here in six years,” so the age of the potential quarterback is not of the utmost concern. The Browns also sent a variety of front office members to the Oklahoma State pro day to watch the quarterback and potential top-five draft pick Justin Blackmon.
Weeden could conceviably be a target with the Browns’ selection at No. 22 or No. 37. Pro Football Talk has put their name in the hat for the former. A recent two-round mock draft by ESPN’s Todd McShay leaned towards the latter.
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