With big-armed Weeden, age is not a problem

Posted by Vic Carucci on April 27, 2012 – 2:45 am

By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor

NEW YORK – Forget about the age thing.

Brandon Weeden might be “old” for an NFL rookie, but he is far from ancient.

At 28 (he’ll be 29 in October) he is plenty young to be viewed as a player with the proverbial upside.

And let’s face it: The goal is to have a quarterback who can make a major impact in the next three to five years. In the grand scheme of things, worrying about what he will do 10 years from now is fairly irrelevant.

The Browns needed a passer with a big arm that allows him to handle the inclement conditions with which they often have to cope at home as well as at the three other stadiums they visit each year in the AFC North. Weeden gives them that.

They needed a quarterback with a strong pocket presence – a strong, fearless leader who won’t back down from the challenges prevented by the stout defenses of the Steelers, Ravens, and Bengals. Those can both be checked off with Weeden.

Getting that kind of player at the most important position on the team was critical enough for the Browns not to take a chance on waiting beyond the No. 22 pick to do so.

Don’t fret. The Browns still have the ability to find the help they need at wide receiver and on the offensive line on Friday night, and can hit their defensive needs through the balance of the draft as well.

Weeden is a poised professional. The time he spent as a professional baseball player, which caused him to put his football career on hold, allowed him to grow and develop as a man. It hardened him – gave him more of an edge than can be found from the typical rookie.

The fact Weeden is older than Colt McCoy, as well as many other players on the Browns, is no small consideration. He won’t feel any sense of intimidation or trepidation about stepping into an NFL locker room.

You want your quarterback feeling that he is not merely leasing the spot behind center. You want him to feel that he owns it. That is the sort of feeling Weeden will have.

With a dynamic running back in Trent Richardson and a big-armed passer in Brandon Weeden, the Browns have every reason to feel good about the way they have begun one of the most critical drafts in team history.

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7 Responses to “With big-armed Weeden, age is not a problem”

  1. By dan tishman aka chevyman on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Vic, I trust your opinion to the fullest! One of my 2nd to 3rd round sleepers went in the top 15, Irvin, so Heckert will have to find some other hidden gems in the 2nd and 3rd like Chase Minnifield! These two picks turn the Browns into the Colts in their heyday! Running James till you stack the box and pow deep throw! Don’t even try and blitz cause you will pay every time especially if we get Hill! Go Browns!

  2. By Blake Trahan on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Can’t throw passes from your back. Need a line that can protect a QB.

  3. By chris on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    After seeing Weeden play here for two years at OSTATE, Browns fans should be very excited.

  4. By Tim on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    I actually came to the Browns website to see what the response was to their draft picks last evening. I am a Dolphin fan who was hoping that they somehow would take Weeden over Tannehill. I hole hardily agree with this article and is exactly what I have been touting to anyone that would listen. A quarterback that can help you for the next 5, 7 or even 9 years is fantastic! Weeden has the potential to be the most productive rookie quarterback this season. Congrats to the Browns, their management and fans.

  5. By tednancy on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Big win for the Browns. They need a QB who can win now, not a project. Weeden is mature in years but is still “young” physically. The Saints got Brees in his late 20s – need I say more? The best QB is the best QB, period. Warren Moon and Jim Kelly both arrived in the NFL after their 26th birthdays as well.

    Weeden was the right choice. The Dolphins reached for Tannehill and will regret the desperate decision; the Browns will be instantly better on O.

    Well executed.

  6. By mofrappe on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Can’t change the selection so with that, welcome to the Dawg Pound. Now, please do not trade McCoy. Sooner or later, Weeden is going to need some down time, probably sooner if the Browns don’t address RT in R2, 2012(not with a prospect with a history of back injuries in R3-4). McCoy is better than Wallace so if the roster needs to be trimmed, then logically he should be the one to go. No matter who is at the helm… if the WR corp performs as spectacular as they did last season, in 2013 draft 6 WR’s. Really, time to develope… a WR is susposed to catch the ball – period.

  7. By BrownFAN on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Ok – saw alot of B12 games with WEEDON. One crack I have on him is HE IS NOT ELUSIVE. Go back and look at games he lost to SLOWER 18-19 yr old players on the field. HE sucks under pressure! It will be a learning curve for him the first year. Colt is a BACKUP quarterback somewhere but Cleveland better keep him around. Think about what COLT had to endure, NO RUNNING GAME, NO BLOCKING, and INJURIES and DROP PASSES from WIDEOUTS…oh by the way, a LOCK OUT last year and coaching change in his few years in the pro’s. SO, don’t bet the farm yet on WEEDON. HE is tall, strong arm quarterback, but again – how many have CLEVELAND had to endure without supporting cast! Weedon better get used to RAY LEWIS or MARVIN HARRISON hitting him instead of the high school kids he played for! Welcome to the big leagues Brandon Weedon so please don’t get caught up in the HYPE!

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