I have evaluated all the quarterback situations around the league and I have made my final conclusion. That is that, Brandon Weeden will perform better than any rookie quarterback in the NFL Draft. I know everyone is wondering about Robert Griffin III or Andrew Luck, but I think Weeden can be the best.
Weeden is far more mature then all of these quarterbacks, he understands the game, and to be honest has a record of beating these players last year. Weeden has a young receiving corps in Cleveland, and while everyone believes he doesn’t have targets, neither did Tom Brady. A good quarterback will make the players around him better. If you watched the last preseason game, Weeden was connecting on some pretty tough passes, to guys like Josh Gordon (Supplemental Pick), Greg Little, and Mohamed Massoquoi. They have a very young team, but a very decent offensive line. I expect Trent Richardson of Alabama to have a huge year as well. Weeden will be looking for these young receivers to step up, as well as tight end Jordan Cameron.
When Weeden is in the game, he has a very pretty touch on the ball. He has been a very accurate passer in his collegiate career, where just last season he threw for 4727 yards and 37 touchdowns. He also threw 12 interceptions but had a passer rating of 159.8. I believe Weeden will do the same thing in the NFL as he did in college. Cleveland will have a very tough schedule this year, but I think that the Browns are going to be a team that surprises many.
Another big reason I believe that Weeden will succeed, is the amount of coaching help that the Cleveland Browns organization has in it’s front office. They have a total of 5 former head coaches on their staff. They have Mike Holmgren the former head coach of the Green Bay Packers, Dick Jauron the former Bills head coach, Brad Childress the former Vikings head coach, Ray Rhodes the former head coach of the Eagles, and their current head coach Pat Shurmur. All of these coaches have had to deal with their share of quarterbacks in the league and most have done a pretty decent job with newer quarterbacks.
Another fact is that Weeden was good enough to play baseball right out of school as well. He was drafted in the second round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Yankees as their first selection in the draft. After the 2003 season, he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Weeden played his last season of professional baseball in 2006 with the Class-A High Desert Mavericks of the California League. Injuries and a horrible ERA led to Weeden quitting baseball, but he still made it.
I really believe that Weeden will be the one that shines this year. He is a proven winner, and will lead the Browns finally in the right direction. Weeden seems like a very smart kid, and is coming into a football hungry city that will be behind him from the beginning. If he can get a little confidence, watch out because the Browns could turn into the team to beat in the NFC North.