It’s been widely speculated that the Cleveland Browns are seriously interested in quarterback Brandon Weeden, having been to his pro day and inviting him to Cleveland for a pre-draft visit, but now you can count Weeden himself as one those convinced that the team wouldn’t mind selecting him in next week’s NFL draft.
“You never how it’s going to go, but I feel really good about how everything’s gone with the Browns throughout this whole process. It would be exciting if I ended up there,” Weeden said.
At this point, the only question might be when it actually happens. It’s possible that he could be taken with the No. 22 overall pick, but it’s also very possible that he could fall to the Browns with their pick at No. 37.
It’s particularly enticing to imagine the Browns selecting both Weeden and his Oklahoma State counterpart, wide receiver Justin Blackmon. While much of the focus regarding the fourth overall pick has been on running back Trent Richardson, there is no denying that there would be instant chemistry between Weeden and Blackmon.
The biggest knock on Weeden remains his age – he’s 28 – but it doesn’t seem to be completely turning teams off. For the Browns, they just have to make sure he’s ready to take on the West Coast offense and lead what everyone hopes to be a revamped offense. Perhaps his age is a sign of maturity and a willingness to do the work needed to succeed. Perhaps he’s just another quarterback bust waiting to happen.
Are the Browns going to be the ones to find out?