By spending a first-round pick on Brandon Weeden, the Cleveland Browns did tab former Oklahoma State quarterback to sit on the bench.
At age 28, Weeden's ascent to the starting role is going to have to be quicker than your typical 22-year-old rookie coming out. And that's the way Weeden is selling himself, that he will be ready to play when the time comes, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He cites the rookie success of quarterbacks from the 2011 class as evidence.
"You see guys like Andy Dalton and Cam Newton and Christian Ponder that came in, these guys played relatively soon. That's what I mentioned to teams the entire time, that my maturity in baseball will help," he said. "There's going to be a learning curve. It's going to be a challenge, but I have a lot of faith in my ability to play football."
The opportunity for Weeden is certainly there, as the organization does not appear sold on current starter Colt McCoy, and Seneca Wallace has mostly been a career backup. If Weeden can deliver on his confidence, he could find himself starting sooner rather than later for the Browns.
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com
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