Biography: Two-year starter awarded all-conference honors since his junior season. Senior totals included 72.4 completion percentage/4727 yards/37 touchdowns/13 interceptions. Junior numbers included 66.9%/4277/34/13. Was a 2nd-round pick in the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Yankees. Saw his baseball career derailed by a shoulder injury. Will be 29 in October.
Positives: Physically gifted quarterback who's displayed consistent improvement the past two years. Patient in the pocket, remains poised and keeps his eyes fixed downfield looking for open receivers. Has a big-time arm, can make all the throws and gets the ball through tight spots. Puts passes in front of receivers and lets them run to the ball. Stands strong in the pocket against the rush and takes big hits to get the throw away. Displays a sense of timing and has the ball to receivers as they are exiting breaks. Sells ball fakes, throws good corner and fade patterns and puts air under deep passes. Loses nothing throwing on the run. Delivers passes with a flick of his wrist. Throws with an over-the-top delivery.
Negatives: Immobile, struggles to avoid the rush and is not a threat running the ball. Stares down the primary target and slow to take his eyes from receivers. Forces the ball into covered receivers and puts passes up for grabs. Holds the ball a bit long in the pocket and is slow to pull the trigger. Age is a major issue.
Analysis: Weeden is a well-built pocket passer with the arm strength necessary to make all the throws at the next level. He needs to improve his defensive and his age will be a problem as many teams believe Weeden does not have a long shelf life in the NFL. He could be pushed into a starting lineup based on his physical skills.
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