Meanwhile, we have Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden, perceived as a quarterback who's ready to roll. The knock on Weeden? He's 28 years old, so tucking him away behind a legitimate starter doesn't fly. For teams seeking immediate help, Weeden is praised for his size, arm strength and leadership on the field. We can think of a few teams in need of all three.
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"I've seen Weeden -- in a few tough situations -- be large," NFL Network's Charles Davis said this month. "I thought that down the stretch last year, when they played Texas A&M and had to make their comeback on the road, he helped get that done. I thought in the Orange Bowl game, against Stanford, down the stretch, I thought he played large. I think the kid's got something there.
"I also would like to see him challenge Tannehill, just because I think they are similar guys, if you took away the age deal -- and I know you can't do that."
Tannehill's all the rage, but Weeden might be the first to make an impact in the NFL. If Weeden can come in and give a team five-plus productive seasons, that would be something that in itself is hard to find in this league. Perhaps Weeden might be a wiser choice for a handful of teams searching for an answer at quarterback.