6'4, 218 pounds | Quarterback | Oklahoma State
Accuracy: He is very good when he stays over his feet and has an efficient delivery that allows him to complete short passes at a high percentage. He has the arm strength to make all of the deep throws. Passes are placed where only the receiver can make a play on the ball for the most part. His passes are sometimes high and off target because of not getting his feet set in the pocket. He gets plenty of zip on his deep throws because of his strong arm and when his feet are set he can place the ball over either shoulder of the receiver. He has accuracy issues when he does not get his feet set up under him while on the move outside of the pocket
Arm strength: Weeden has a professional baseball background and it shows in his strong arm and passes. He can make all of the necessary throws with good zip on his passes and can fit ball into small windows.
Decision making: He does a very good job of reading the defense at pre-snap. He will need to make adjustments playing under center in the NFL because of playing mostly in a spread offense in college. He sometimes struggles identifying the blitzer and will throw underneath passes the defender can make a play on or break up the pass. He does a solid job of identifying man or zone defenses and gets the ball to the open receiver fairly quick. Weeden goes thru his progressions quickly and will consistently make a good throw to his next option if his primary receiver is covered.
Field vision: He comes from a spread offense and played mostly in the shotgun formation which allowed him to be able to see the entire field. He reacts quickly to pressure he sees coming at him.
Mechanics: He has a strong arm to make all of the throws. He gets back quickly in his drops and gets his feet set to make an accurate throw most of the time. He has good foot quickness and balance he uses well to set up and deliver the pass to the open receiver.
Pocket awareness: He is a very good leader and takes charge of the huddle. He keeps his poise in the pocket when under pressure and his eyes down field until the last possible second. He keeps his cool when his team needs him to make plays and has shown the ability to carry them with his arm in big
Final word: Weeden has all of the physical attributes to be a very good starting QB in the NFL. He had 2 consecutive starting seasons as QB for Oklahoma State. He passed for 4,737 yards and threw 37 touchdowns with 13 interceptions in 2011. He will need an adjustment period of playing under center since he played mostly in a shotgun spread offense. He will turn 29 years old during the NFL season in 2012 and that will be on the mind of a lot of teams, but Weeden is mature and ready to lead right out of the gate. One true sign of a good QB is leadership, but another sign is the ability of being a consistent performer against inferior teams, the teams that are just as good as you, and against the top ranked teams. Weeden has shown the ability to perform well against all three phases. He should be a very good starting QB with proper coaching and better techniques.