Brandon Weeden: age is a “non-issue” with NFL teams
Yesterday I posted a portion of my recent conversation with Brandon Weeden, where he gave his thoughts on the OSU quarterback competition taking place this spring.
Here’s the rest of our chat, which centers around his place in the pre-draft process.
How have you been preparing for the draft since OSU’s Pro Day?
I’ve had a couple teams come in and do some private workouts. I’ll spend my time up there at the field throwing. I’m just trying to give my body a break. These last couple months have been full blast and everything’s been kind of moving pretty fast. I’ve played a little golf here and there, kind of relaxed and spent some time with the wife. I was gone for a couple months (training at Athlete’s Performance in Phoenix).
What are your emotions like at this point?
I think anxious more than anything. I’m just really anxious to see where I end up and get going. As a player, you get so wrapped up in the process and there’s so much going on. You just want to play games. You want to get on a team and you want to go play. This is such a strenuous process, there’s really no time to be nervous. There’s no reason to be nervous. We’ve done everything we can to put ourselves in position. Now it’s just see where the pieces fall and go from there.
There’s some chatter that the Browns could take Justin Blackmon with the fourth overall pick and then you at No. 22 or No. 37. Have people mentioned that to you?
That wouldn’t be a bad deal. I wouldn’t complain. I realize that’s a possibility. People tell me that all the time and lot of people have brought it to my attention. If I could sneak in at that 22nd pick and have a chance to throw to him again, I wouldn’t mind. I don’t think teams would mind. He’s pretty explosive. It’s a possibility. I doubt it happens, but we’ll see.
What do you hope you’ve proven to NFL teams through the Senior Bowl, Combine and Pro Day?
That my game translates to that level. That, and then that my age is a non-issue. Those are the two things that, coming in, that I needed to prove. I think every stop that I’ve made — Senior Bowl, Combine and then Pro Day — I’ve shown that I can do it. I think I’ve interviewed well, I ran pretty well, I threw well. I’ve done everything at each stop to help myself. The more I talk to teams on a one-on-one basis and I do interviews and have sit-downs and stuff, age is a non-issue. Of course in the media and all, everybody talks about it. It’s a big issue. But I promise you, what I’m hearing from teams, unless they’re lying to me, it’s not an issue.
You recently filmed your episode of Jon Gruden’s “QB Camp.” What was that like?
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