Combine Q&A with Brandon Weeden

Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden answered questions at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis including whether he was aware that he's older than Aaron Rodgers.

INDIANAPOLIS––Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden answered questions from the media at the NFL Combine...

Q: What was the Senior Bowl experience like?

A: They give a lot of feedback and they are constantly coaching the whole time. I enjoyed it. It was a great week, and I took a lot away from it.

They were impressed with my arm strength, my accuracy. Stuff like that. More than anything, something small was, I play with a good base. I think that's kind of important for a quarterback, especially in the NFL with all the arm angles and stuff you've got to throw the football with. I think they thought my base was pretty good, stuff like that. As the week went on, I got more and more comfortable with the offense. I got more and more comfortable with the system, calling plays in the huddle, because that offense is kind of terminology driven. There's a lot of wordy plays. But as the week went on I felt more and more comfortable. I think overall, I had a pretty good week.

Q: How would you evaluate yourself at the Senior Bowl?

A: Not bad. I'd like to have the last throw back. I played the first quarter, played pretty well, threw the ball pretty well. But I sat on the sideline for three quarters and froze, then I had to go back in in the fourth. I came out, threw one pass and interception. The game wasn't like I had planned, but the week leading up to it was really, really good.

Q: How are you dealing with questions about your age?

A: A lot is getting put into my age and rightfully so. That's really the only red flag I really have. And fortunately for me, that's really the only I have to worry about. And fortunately, it's a small issue. I'm not worried about it. I don't' think a lot of teams are worried about it. It's a tough question to answer. I feel like with all these great quarterbacks, I belong in the middle with all of them. So if I was a few years younger, you never know, maybe I go a little bit higher. But I don't think at the end of the day when it comes to draft time, it's going to be that big of an issue.

Q: Would you have been mentally prepared to enter the NFL at 22?

A: I think so. Playing college football is not easy. I started playing professional baseball at 18. So I think to go out in the real world… I drove to Tampa as an 18-year-old and was just on my own. I was able to overcome that and do some good things there. But yeah, I think as a 22 year old, all these guys are mature guys. They wouldn't be here if they were not. They're all mature, good players with a good head on their shoulders, and I think that's what it takes to play in the NFL.

From a maturity standpoint, I've already been a pro. That's what I've been telling teams, and they agree with me. In baseball, you guys know, it's a game of failure. I've failed, and I've had some success, and I've kind of ridden the roller coaster.

It's the toughest position to play in all of sports. I think, again, the maturity factor really helps me have an opportunity to play right away if I'm needed to.

Q: How is Justin Blackmon going to do in the NFL?

A: Me and Justin are on the same page. Obviously he's not only talented physically, mentally he's got it. He's a really smart player. He understands coverages. He understands to route adjust against different looks. He's always communicating. On the sidelines, he's always telling me about what he sees, constantly giving me feedback about what we could do. And he's a smart football player. That's the thing that made him better.

Q: How is Blackmon's speed?

A: Just turn on the film. The guy pulls away from everybody. I don't know what he's going to run. He's fast, but you turn on the film and no one can catch up to him. He'll be fine. I'm not worried about him, he's not worried about it. He's going to be a great player in this league for a long time.

Q: Have you talked to Chris Weinke about turning from baseball to football?

A: I reached out to Chris. A mututal guy gave me Chris' number and told me to give him a call. I gave him a call, we talked about an hour and a half. I just kind of asked him what his approach was, how he went about it. And it was scary, he said the exact same things I've been saying. So it's consistent.

He was extremely helpful for me. He said if I ever need anything, he's actually coming in today, if I ever need anything… he opened up to let me pick his brain a little bit, because it's a unique situation. There's not many other guys that have been in this situation. He was extremely helpful for me.

Q: Are you aware of older quarterbacks that succeeded in the NFL?

A: Roger Staubach, you've got Kurt Warner, I can go on. You've go Rich Gannon. Think of it, there's a lot of guys. You look back at my time at Oklahoma State, I didn't get hit. My body's extremely fresh. No injuries. I'm healthy. Everything's good. I think I've got a lot left in my tank. Those guys played into their late 30s. A ten-year career in the NFL is a great career, and I think I've got every bit of that. And barring any injury, I think I can play for a long time.

Q: Do you know you're older than Aaron Rodgers?

A: I've heard that a couple times, but that doesn't amuse me. He's a guy I look up to and respect, and he's probably one of the best quarterbacks in the right right now, so I don't worry about it to be honest with you.

Q: Do questions about your age bother you?

A: It used to kind of get under my skin, but there can be a lot worse things I can be answering questions about. There's nothing else. That's really the only knock on me is my age. I have fun with it. And here's the fact, I can't change it. I can change a lot of things, my footwork, throwing motion, release, this and this and this. I can't change my birth certificate. I wish I could pull a Danny Almonte, but I can't do it.

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