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Brandon Weeden (22nd-overall selection):
The selection of Brandon Weeden at pick No. 22 seems to be one that was vastly hated judging by the initial response. As time has passed, Clevelanders have seemed to warm up to the oldest first-round selection in the history of the NFL draft.
Weeden is the make-or-break pick for this year's draft for the Cleveland Browns. Even if Trent Richardson suffers a career-ending injury on Day 1 of rookie mini-camp, Weeden is still the pick that will define this draft class.
Richardson was a lock to be selected at either the third, fourth or fifth pick in this year's draft. So even if injuries derail him in his career of underfed success, the pick still made sense heading into the draft.
Weeden, on the other hand, had some question marks heading into this year's draft: age, ability, adjustment to the NFL style of play, etc. Many even believe that the Browns over-picked Weeden with the 22nd selection.
For the Browns though, this selection really indicated their thoughts on incumbent starting quarterback Colt McCoy. This selection proved that the Browns regime has no faith in Colt McCoy as a NFL quarterback.
The selection of Weeden more than likely ends the run for McCoy as the Browns' starting quarterback.
If the Browns regime had any faith left in McCoy as a starting quarterback in the NFL, then the Browns would have been more willing to wait and see if Weeden would have been available early in the second round.
With Weeden's age and Richardson's smaller NFL shelf life, these two picks really indicate that Tom Heckert and Mike Holmgren believe the Browns can win sooner rather than later.
These two selections indicate that within the next five seasons, Heckert and Holmgren believe the Browns can not only be competitive within the AFC North, but also within the playoffs and possibly beyond.
Let's not lie to ourselves for one minute—five years is the projected window of success for both of the Browns' first-round selections.