Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/10/12

Browns first-round pick Brandon Weeden isn't guaranteed a starting spot. Then again, neither is first-round pick Trent Richardson.

But logical reasoning indicates both are favorites to be in the backfield for the opener.

Coach Pat Shurmur said no one is guaranteed a starting spot, especially rookies.

"I think that is the speech I give all of the rookies," Shurmur said. "Again, I know what we are all trying to get at with this stuff, but we drafted these players for a reason. We drafted them with the idea that they could come in and start or until they start, could be effective role players. But, they have to come here and do it. By doing it, that's when we talk about competing. That's where they are at and they understand that. We are catching these guys coming out of college and they have been competing as athletes since they were very young boys, for most of them. They understand that and of course we remind them of it. I've reminded all of them of it. They don't expect anything will be given to them because that was the case when they went to college as well. I am sure they all will look at this as this is just another step in their football careers. We don't give anybody anything. They have got to earn it in our eyes."

The Browns wanted to draft Weeden all along, but they were hoping they would not have to use the 22nd pick to do it.

That plan changed when the Titans took wide receiver Kendall Wright with the 20th pick.

"We were trying to have our cake and eat it, too," team president Mike Holmgren said on the ESPN radio show Mike and Mike in the Morning. "Once the receiver was taken, then I said, 'If we're committed (to Weeden) and we were thinking about even moving up from 37, let's take him now."

Coincidentally, the last time the Browns took a quarterback in the first round they also used the 22nd pick to take him. Five years ago the Browns drafted Brady Quinn 22nd. The Browns gave up their second round pick (36th overall) and first-round pick in 2008 for the pick used on Quinn.

If Weeden starts, as expected, it means the Browns got four starters from the picks acquired from Atlanta last year when they traded the sixth overall pick to the Falcons -- defensive tackle Phil Taylor, wide receiver Greg Little, fullback Owen Marecic and Weeden.

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