BEREA, Ohio -- The two biggest problems I have with the Cleveland Browns taking quarterback Brandon Weeden are his age (28) and where they drafted him. There wouldn't be as much of an uproar if the Browns had selected Weeden in the second round and not the first.
Perhaps that was the Browns' original plan. If the Tennessee Titans hadn't taken Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright at No. 20, Cleveland would have drafted him at No. 22 instead of Weeden, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Asked if the decision at No. 22 would have been tougher if Wright were still on the board, general manager Tom Heckert said, "We liked Kendall and there were a couple of guys that we liked, but a quarterback is a quarterback, which I think that outweighs everything, at least in our opinion.”
So, would the Browns have taken Weeden if Wright was available? “We didn’t have to make that decision," Heckert said.
But the Browns should've had a decision even with Wright gone. Look at the two players selected after Weeden. The Browns could've had Iowa offensive tackle Riley Reiff or Stanford guard David DeCastro. Both would have addressed needs on the right side of the Cleveland's offensive line.
So, instead of getting the second-best tackle or No. 1 guard in the draft, the Browns take the third-ranked quarterback on their board (Weeden was higher than Ryan Tannehill). That's not getting the best value at the No. 22 pick.