Cleveland Browns Draft Review: Brandon Weeden Is the QB of the Present, Future

Brian Stepanek@@StepanekButtonCorrespondent IIMay 7, 2012

STILLWATER, OK - NOVEMBER 5:  Quarterback Brandon Weeden #3 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys looks to throw in the second half against the Kansas State Wildcats on November 5, 2011 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  Oklahoma State defeated Kansas State 52-45.  (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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"All that is valuable in society depends on the opportunity for development afforded the individual."—Albert Einstein

 The Browns acquired their quarterback. Not Robert Griffin III, nor Matt Flynn or Ryan Tannehill. 28-year-old former Oklahoma State Cowboy Brandon Weeden should, and probably will, line up under center for the Cleveland Browns on opening day against Philadelphia.

Weeden's first draft experience came a decade previous, when the New York Yankees took the heat-dispensing pitcher out of the Sooner State with their top pick in 2002. Four years languishing in the minors painstakingly snuffed out Weeden's baseball aspirations.

A story of a broken-bat home run that broke the camel's back made its rounds through the NFL Draft media, outlining the frustrations of Weeden's baseball career.

After racking up 9,000 passing yards and 75 touchdown passes in just over two years as a starting quarterback at Oklahoma State, Weeden's age became a secondary concern for a team looking to replicate the limited success of rocket-armed Derek Anderson with an upgrade in precision and consistency.

Weeden was precise and consistent as a Cowboy: with a QB rating of 157.7 in his four-year career, he played mistake-free ball in some of the biggest games of his life.

Against Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl, Weeden torched the Cardinal for nearly a quarter-mile in passing yards.

The hype preceding the game naturally revolved around surefire No. 1 pick Andrew Luck.

No matter.

Weeden simply eclipsed Luck, just as he had RGIII and Ryan Tannehill before him.

"Words, words, words," Hamlet famously lamented to Polonious, and words, words, words, Weeden demonstrated were all that comprised the hype surrounding his opponents and the quiet uncertainty with which pundits embraced the red-headed fireballer.

In games against Robert Griffin III, Weeden threw for 700 yards, six touchdowns, no interceptions and an absurd 73.5% completions.

Weeden shows up when it counts.

Even after struggling with three interceptions in a loss against the hated Sooners in 2010, he returned to pick them apart in an historic Cowboy win in 2011.

That performance displays precisely what we already knew from Weeden's baseball career: the guy's not afraid of failure. Given a second chance, he's going to adjust his mistakes.

Weeden's persistent character alone qualifies him to be the Browns' quarterback more than arm strength, gaudy stats or pro-offense experience could: because as a Browns quarterback, the going gets tough.

Tony Grossi intimated that Brad McCoy's outburst following Colt's concussion against the Steelers sealed the Longhorn's fate as an ex-Browns quarterback.

Regardless of the impetus, McCoy and Seneca Wallace will compete for the backup spot, a position on which Wallace has done a predictable 180.

For $6 million over two years? I'd mentor Snookie.


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