Looking at Brandon Weeden strictly from a football perspective, he could be in contention with Ryan Tannehill to be the next quarterback taken after Luck and RGIII.
In 2011, he had a 72.3 completion percentage and threw for 37 touchdowns and only 13 interceptions.
However, at 27 years old, his ability to be a long-term answer for any team at quarterback is limited. But to discount him as a possible solution at quarterback for at least the next five years or so would be a mistake.
“You say, ‘Hey, I’m not gonna have a 15-year career, but I could have a real great seven, eight-year career,’ and there’s nothing wrong with that,” ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said about Weeden. “He’ll be expected to play right away.”
A former second-round pick by the New York Yankees, the 6'4" Weeden can make all the throws, is a smart player, and is a leader. In a way, his age can work to his advantage in terms of maturity. If asked to start right away, he won't be caught off guard by the limelight.
In the NFL, Weeden has the ability to start under center as a rookie, and he may very well have to if he wants to maximize his relatively limited pro-football window. Age aside, Weeden has all the makings of a quality NFL starting quarterback, and will provide excellent value if drafted in an appropriate spot.
Apparently, Mike Holmgren wants to win now. The Browns draft a QB who will turn 29 during the season. Still, the offense is immediately upgraded and my money is on Weeden to beat out Colt McCoy in camp.
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