2012 Senior Bowl: Brandon Weeden looks sharp, but does it matter?

Brandon Weeden was the star of practice for the South team at the Senior Bowl on Tuesday, according to Alfie Crow, SB Nation's on site reporter in Mobile, Ala.

At 6-feet-4-inches tall and 218 pounds, Weeden possesses ideal physical attributes a team looks for in a quarterback. He delivers the ball with accuracy to all spots on the field and has a tremendous release. The problem, of course, is that he is already 28 years old.

If Weeden was five years younger, we may be talking about him as a first round pick. Sure, he comes from a spread offense, but his statistics are off the charts, and as I mentioned, few are questioning his skill set.

However, at 28 years old, Weeden's ceiling is limited. Any team that drafts him will likely get six years of the former Cowboy in his physical prime. Considering quarterbacks generally take two or three years to reach their prime, investing in Weeden seems futile.

To put things in perspective, Weeden is already older than a decent amount of starting quarterbacks in the NFL right now, including Aaron Rodgers. If Weeden takes half as long to develop as the Packers' signal caller, he'll already be north of 30 and nearing the end of his career.

Scouts and draftniks will be gushing over Weeden all week, and for the rest of the draft process. Some will say they saw this from him all season long, which they did. But none of that changes the fact that he is not worth investing a first, or even second round draft pick in. Picks in those rounds are for players with upside that you can build a franchise around.

Ignore the hype with Weeden. He's impressive, and Oklahoma State certainly owes much of its football success to him, but he is not the answer for any quarterback-hungry NFL franchise.

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