Jan 2, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) throws a pass in the fourth quarter of a game against the Stanford Cardinal in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cowboys won 41-38 in overtime. [Credit: Chris Morrison-US PRESSWIRE]

Redskins to target Brandon Weeden

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If the Redskins cannot move up the draft board (presumably to the second spot currently held by the Rams), they will most likely consider drafting a quarterback in the later rounds (or late first should they move down) to either sit behind a free agent pickup or *gasp* Rex Grossman. Most people, including myself, believe Shanahan won’t stake his reputation on another year of Grossman. So, just incase Washington can’t get that franchise leader with their first pick, here’s a look at a QB with a lot of promise despite his age.

Weeden is 6’4″ and 218 lbs. He has the physical skills and all indications from the Senior Bowl practices are that he has the arm as well. Weeden led Oklahoma State to a 41-38 win over Stanford, who had Mr. Luck at quarterback. He played baseball in college as well, which is what created that age disparity between him and some of his peers. He was no slouch though, being taken in the second round of the 2002 MLB amateur draft by the New York Yankees. The kid has promise.

ESPN’s Todd McShay had this to say about Weeden and his performance during the week:

It’s hard not to be impressed with Weeden. From the tempo of his drops to the quickness of his decisions to his consistent accuracy, especially beyond 10 yards, he is putting on exactly the kind of performance he needed. Weeden is proving that he is not a product of Oklahoma State’s wide-open system and the talent of standout WRJustin Blackmon, that he can make all the throws and has a legitimate chance to be a starter in the NFL.

Luck will be going number one to Indianapolis, the Rams are sitting on number two but there is some competition for that spot with Miami and Cleveland both desperately in need of a quarterback. If you’ve been paying attention to the Senior Bowl and sports in general, I’m probably not telling you anything you don’t already know. All I’m saying is that this is a solid option for Washington and with our coaching staff in Mobile right now, I wouldn’t be surprised if they like what they see and take a chance on the soon-to-be 29 year old red head from Oklahoma.

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