NFL Draft 2012: Is Brandon Weeden A First-Round Talent?

There is no question that Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden has been the most impressive signal-caller at the 2012 Under Armour Senior Bowl. Weeden has been so impressive that he has unquestionably improved his stock and will fly off up draft boards.

How far can Weeden go up the draft boards? If you believe Russell Lande of Sporting News, Weeden is a legitimate first-round talent. Lande wrote:

Weeden saved his best day for the final padded practice. He displayed outstanding arm strength, making great throws with excellent accuracy. He showed excellent touch on a fade route into the end zone and the ability to squeeze passes between defenders. It was clear from this week of practice that Weeden was the best quarterback in Mobile and has legit first-round talent.

Weeden also benefits from the absence of Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill, who will not be able to work out anytime before the Scouting Combine and he will likely not be able to participate in the Combine. If Weeden keeps trending upwards, he could pass Tannehill as the draft’s third-ranked quarterback.

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