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With the 22nd overall pick in the NFL draft, you select a rookie that will be older than most of the starting quarterbacks in the NFL? Really?
Brandon Weeden could end up being a very good player. He certainly has the moxie and competitive spirit, but that's the direction you want to go in the first round?
In my opinion, Colt McCoy did not play his way out of the position in 2011. Few quarterbacks would have been successful given the lack of playmakers on the Cleveland Browns offense.
I would have liked to see the team draft a receiver here to give McCoy a fighting chance. Especially when you consider that, if the team was really that high on Weeden, he likely would have been available 15 picks later. Those picks belonged to the Lions, Steelers, Patriots, Texans, Bengals, Packers, Vikings, 49ers, Bucs, Rams, Colts, Ravens and Broncos. All of those teams have quarterbacks and had little use for Weeden.
A second-round pick is not under the same pressure to start as a first-rounder. Instead, Weeden will go into camp as the presumed starting quarterback (how long can you keep a 29-year-old first-round pick on the bench?) with the same crummy corps of receivers McCoy had.
For a draft that started out so promising with the selection of the electric Trent Richardson, the Browns finished up the first round with a dud.