MOBILE, Ala. _ Brandon Weeden doesn't want his age to be a reason why teams wouldn't take a chance on him in the NFL Draft this April.
Weeden, who is 28 years old and here at the Senior Bowl, spent five years in minor league baseball as a pitcher before going back to football and starring at Oklahoma State.
He put up solid numbers and has the size that, if it were not for the fact that he is five to seven years older than most of the other prospects, might be mentioned right with Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III as first-round worthy quarterbacks in this draft. He admits as much.
“I'm not going to discount that, but with that being said, I think my game translates very well to that level and if was 21 or 22, absolutely (I'd be mentioned) but I think if a team gives me a shot (I will show them),” he said.
Weeden says scouts and teams shouldn't let his age be a deterrent, as he works out here this week.
“I think my age is more of an advantage for me than anything. I really do. I haven't been hit. You look back at the tape, and I wasn't hit very much. My arm is fresh,” he said. “I think all the negative stuff that could possibly be there is not there. One advantage I do have is maturity.
“A lot of guys didn't start until they were in their late 20s. And if they won a Super Bowl, it was usually in their mid 30s, even 36 or 37. Kurt Warner is a perfect example to me. There's a lot of guys that excelled late into their 30s. My window is smaller, but it's not as small as some are making it out to be.”
Last year, teams got quarterback happy in the first round with four going in the first 12 picks and two more being selected in the second round.
Weeden's age may work against him, as scouts remember Chris Weinke's short and unproductive NFL career, but there are those who still believe he could wind up being third best QB available in this draft.
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com