Quarterback Brandon Weeden
With the No. 22 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Browns selected 28-year-old quarterback Brandon Weeden from Oklahoma State University. To this day, Weeden is the oldest player to be drafted in the first round of the draft. After winning the job from Colt McCoy before the season, Weeden would start 15 games in 2012 with five total wins. In 2013, before being waived, Weeden would start an additional five games which he won zero games.
In his short career in Cleveland, Weeden managed to go 5-15 as the starter with just over 5,000 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 26 interceptions. Those blistering stats go along with a 55.9 pass completion percentage.
After two great years at Oklahoma State, many believed Weeden would come into the NFL and take the league by force throwing the ball all over the field. There is no doubt Weeden had a cannon, but unfortunately, most deep throws felt like they were going to the other team.
In one draft the Browns thought they had a franchise running back (Richardson) and quarterback. Instead neither would be on the roster after two seasons. While many fans were surprised by the Weeden selection with Colt McCoy showing some promise and many good offensive linemen on the board, the Weeden train took off fast with a nice showing in the preseason.
Weeden would bounce around the league with the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans, but would eventually find himself out of the league after only six seasons. In those six seasons, Weeden would only win six games in 25 starts, and five of those wins were with the Browns. The Browns haven’t had a franchise quarterback since Bernie Kosar and Weeden was far from the answer after a great collegiate career.