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When Brandon Weeden was drafted by the Cleveland Browns 22nd overall, I didn't like the pick. When Weeden struggled out of the gate, I didn't like the pick. Eight weeks in, I'm warming up to the pick.
The fact is that Weeden, already 29 years old, has a shortened NFL window. On that basis alone, his selection was questionable. The only way to save face was for Weeden to hit the NFL running and develop faster than expected.
Eight weeks in, Weeden is doing better than expected. He's transitioning well in some regards, while other areas (outside accuracy, looking off the safety) are still trailing. Will he be a long-term starter? I'm still doubtful, but his play at least gives the Browns a chance in 2012.
That said, Pro Football Focus still ranks Weeden as the second-worst starter in the league.