Cleveland Browns Select QB Brandon Weeden With 22nd Pick of 2012 NFL Draft

The Cleveland Browns continued to surprise everyone in the 2012 NFL draft’s first round, selecting quarterback Brandon Weeden with the 22nd overall pick. The 28-year-old becomes the oldest player taken in the first round in the draft’s modern era, and it only confirms the notion that the Browns have been high on Weeden for quite a while.

Weeden went 23-3 in his two seasons as the starter at Oklahoma State, pairing up with wide receiver Justin Blackmon to form a lethal combination. Perhaps the most telling reasons for Weeden being drafted by the Browns are his rocket arm and ability to make every throw that will be asked of him in the NFL. You’ve likely heard it by now – if it weren’t for his age, Brandon Weeden would have been a top-ten pick. If that’s the only knock against him, the Browns made the right move.

With his age, the 6-4, 221-pound quarterback is likely going to start in 2012. That being said, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Colt McCoy traded this weekend because it’s obviously time for the Brandon Weeden era to begin in Cleveland.

The Browns needed to add offensive playmakers in this draft and the first round proved that it was their mission to do so. With the selections of running back Trent Richardson and Weeden, the Browns have the potential to transform a dormant offense and make significant improvements right away.

What are your thoughts on the Browns selecting Brandon Weeden with the 22nd pick in the first round?

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  • Bric

    It would be great to get 15 years out of a premier QB, but, realistically, if you can get 5-8, you are
    doing great.
    A QB who was never hit between the ages of 18 and 24 (playing baseball), probably has another
    5-8 seasons, even if he is 29 when the season begins.
    Good job, Browns.
    Colt McCoy was one of a long line of QB’s who never got a fair chance because of the condition of the team (Couch, Frye, Anderson, Quinn as well as Holcomb and even Jeff Garcia).
    If someone gives Colt a shot, he may turn out to be a steal for another team.
    This was the way for the Browns to go, however, at this time.
    Richardson will help this team in far more ways than rushing.
    This young man will block, catch, decoy, grind short yards, and break one once in a while.
    He’s a remarkable young man, and he will be a positive leader for years to come.

  • mrpibb

    I like the first two picks so far–I love to have the feeling they aren’t compromising like if they traded down for more picks or something. The league protects quarterbacks more than ever, they say, and hopefully Weeden’s age won’t be an issue.
    I do agree that Colt was never given a chance. It’ll be interesting to see where he lands.