Who better to get the inside info on the Browns’ new draft class than the bloggers that followed them in college? We asked Kyle Porter of Pistols Firing to answer some questions about Brandon Weeden. Kyle claims Ubaldo Jimenez as his favorite current Cleveland athlete “his split-finger is a work of art” and will be burning his Nike “Witness” shirt in favor of a Mohamed Massaquoi jersey-tee to honor his new favorite NFL team.
How would you characterize his college career?
He was phenomenal in every way. From the first time he took the field, as a third-string QB in a throwaway game against Colorado his sophomore year (a game in which he threw a 40-yard game winner), to the last missile he landed in the desert against Stanford (in the Fiesta Bowl), everything he did moved Oklahoma State forward as a program. Even his interceptions were spectacular in a way. I’m not one given to hyperbole with OSU quarterbacks (I never thought Zac Robinson would make a great NFL player), but it’s hard for me to imagine Weeden not being successful in the league.
What are the Browns getting with Weeden?
More than anything, they’re getting a gamer. There are guys in the league (looking at you, Jay Cutler) less interested in winning games and being great than they are with being famous, or so it would seem. All Weeden is concerned about every week is competing and making plays and winning games. I think his 23-3 record in college speaks for itself.
Is there an NFL player that you think is a good comparison?
I hadn’t really made the connection before, but I don’t think Kurt Warner is a bad comp for him. Horrendously immobile, terrifically engaging in interviews, and absolutely prolific when it comes to finding his wideouts on the field.
Everyone is of course talking about the age issue. What’s your take?
Well I’m pretty tired of it, but that’s probably because I’ve been reading about it literally every day for the past 24 months. I think it’s both overrated as a detractor as well as a benefit. It just…is. He’s 28, he can play 10 years, which is great. I keep hearing “but he can’t have a 15-year career!” Question: who’s the last QB to play 15 years for the same team? Bart Starr?
Where would you place Weeden among this year’s QBs?
I’m guessing you’re talking about the draft class of 2012. He played most of them (Luck, Tannehill, Griffin 2x, and Foles 2x) and the only one he didn’t completely outclass in those six games was Luck. So you can talk about upside and potential and having short arms and snarky socks but I’ll take 6-0 any day of the week.
Do you think he can be ready to start week 1 in Cleveland?
Yes, he will be. I saw a scouting report that he’s “a slow learner” which sounds more like an Eli Manning middle school report card than it does an NFL scouting report, but that’s neither here nor there. The point is that he had three different offensive coordinators in college (from the end of 2009 through last year) and never missed a beat. He might make a throw or two he shouldn’t initially but he’s also going to make Josh Cribbs and Greg Little a pair of very happy wide receivers.
Where do you see him in three years-
All Pro, Solid Starter, Bench Contributor, Bust
Can I not get something in between”All Pro” and “solid starter”? Something like “better than Joe Flacco but not on Aaron Rodgers’ level”?
Thanks Kyle for the insights. Check out his work at Pistols Firing.