One of the criticisms of Brandon Weeden going into the draft was that he wasn’t a very athletic quarterback and the system he was successful running at Oklahoma State didn’t lean itself towards the pro game. Early on in his time with the Cleveland Browns, this is proving true.
During an early practice Weeden had some issues with fumbling the ball. Hardly surprising when he hasn’t had much time under center but it is a crucial area he will have to work on in his development if he is to become the starting quarterback for Cleveland straight away as no doubt was intended by drafting him in the first round.
Speaking to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, Weeden expressed his opinion of the change from the shotgun-based offense he’d run in college:
“It’s getting comfortable. But I’ll be honest, I like being under center more because you can see what’s going on and you get the ball immediately. If I had to pick one of the two, not that I don’t like being in the shotgun, but I like being under center.”
Even with this issue, Browns coaches were pleased with what they saw from the 28 year old rookie. His big arm that had made him an MLB drafted pitcher was on display for all to see as he sent rocket passes to new rookie teammates Trent Richardson and Travis Benjamin. It is the velocity of his throws that have propelled Weeden’s stock to the point of being a first round pick and should he iron out his formation issues this is a quarterback with a bright future in the NFL.