Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden is “getting the vibe” that the Cleveland Browns would like to draft him to compete with incumbent quarterback Colt McCoy.
During a phone interview, Weeden had plenty to say on the subject:
“I know Colt had a good year last year, and he’s a good football player but I’m a competitor, and I want to play as soon as possible. I’d be excited about the opportunity to come in and compete with him and see how things pan out.”
“You never how it’s going to go, but I feel really good about how everything’s gone with the Browns throughout this whole process. It would be exciting if I ended up there.”
The possibility of Weeden going to the Browns at either #22 or #37 is intriguing, particularly when you consider the Cleveland team is also considering Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon with the #4 pick. Weeden offered his opinion on this also:
“I understand Justin like the back of my hand. We’ve got a pretty good little repertoire going between the two of us, so that’d be fun. He’s one of the guys that can come in easily and change a franchise, he’s that good. If the Browns take him at [#4], you never know.”
Due to Weeden’s age – he’s 29 – many believe he will slip into the second round despite his talent. However, should there be a belief that a team may grab him earlier than Cleveland’s second round pick, they may choose to simply take him at #22 to ensure they get him. Another possibility is that the Browns attempt to trade up from #37 to the early 30s in order to secure Weeden. No matter what happens, Weeden will be one of the more anticipated picks as the first round winds down.