NFL Draft 2012: Brandon Weeden and Other Late-Round Gems

Bradlee RossCorrespondent IIApril 21, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02:  Brandon Weeden #3 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys celebrates as he runs off of the field after they won 41-38 in overtime against the Stanford Cardinal against the Stanford Cardinal during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2012 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The NFL draft is the trickiest sporting event of the year. With every passing season, it gets harder to determine which players will be busts and which players are diamonds in the rough that will pay off in big ways. Luckily, I’m here to help out with that.

It is very difficult to determine which players who aren’t as highly touted will succeed at the next level, mainly because they are usually guys who don’t get as much publicity or exposure. But if you look hard enough, you can see the makings of greatness inside their games.

Brandon Weeden

Anytime people hear the name Brandon Weeden, they immediately think of his age at 28 years old. But there’s so much more to this minor league pitcher turned college QB star.

Weeden led Oklahoma State to a 23-3 record during his time there, throwing for over 9,000 yards and 71 touchdowns in two seasons. He made every kind of throw a QB can make, and his passes have the touch and accuracy of a guy who has played more years than he has.

He’s also a winner. During his senior year, Weeden went head-to-head with Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Nick Foles, Ryan Tannehill and Landry Jones. He beat every one of them and outperformed most of them individually as well.

Weeden’s age can be a plus, as he’s mature and has been a pro athlete before. Any team that takes a chance on him won’t be disappointed.

Jeff Fuller

Fuller had a disappointing season in 2011, but how much blame he should take for that is hard to discern. He was on a team with big expectations that majorly underperformed and also suffered from injuries.

However, he has the potential to really make an impact at the next level. At 6’4”, Fuller is the perfect size for an outside receiver in the NFL. He has a problem with speed and burst, struggling to separate from coverage.

Despite that concern, he could still be a very solid No. 2 receiver in the right system. If he lasts until the third or fourth round (he probably will), whoever nabs him will be getting a big steal.

Kellen Moore

Say what you want about Moore, but he won a ton of games at Boise State. To be more specific, the guy went 50-3 during his four years there. That is ridiculous.

A two-time All American, Moore led a ridiculous offense thanks more to his understanding of the game than his physical abilities. He’s small at just around six feet tall, but don’t sell him short. He can play in the NFL in the right system and given the right opportunity.

If he finds such an opportunity, whatever team gave it will find themselves with a real winner leading their team.