With the 22nd pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Cleveland have selected Brandon Weeden, quarterback for the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Weeden put up phenomenal numbers during Oklahoma State's Big 12 Championship season in 2011 and the season prior (9,260 yards, 75 touchdowns) that he was put in the conversation among scouts as a top quarterback prospect despite the fact he'll be a 28-year-old rookie in the NFL, after having spent five years in the minor leagues as a pitcher. There's concern over Weeden's wear and tear (he had rotator cuff and tendonitis issues in the minors), but he was undeniably successful in the Cowboys' high-octane passing attack.
Weeden would likely be engaged in a quarterback battle with fellow Big 12 quarterback Colt McCoy. Weeden spoke about the prospect last week.
"I know Colt had a good year last year, and he's a good football player," Weeden said during a phone interview this week. "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."
The Browns next pick is the 37th overall pick, in the second round.
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