INDIANAPOLIS -- It appears that Brandon Weeden will get his wish.
The Cleveland Browns' first-round pick in 2012 wants a fresh start somewhere other than Cleveland, and though General Manager Ray Farmer didn’t say it outright, he had an interesting answer when asked at the NFL Scouting combine if Weeden can be a winning quarterback in the NFL.
This was his response:
“Do I think he can be a winning quarterback in the NFL? Umm ... I’ll say this. When we grade players we grade players on what they’ve done. Specifically when you’re in the National Football League. The college draft, in my opinion, is a projection. So you put the grade on a player based on what you think he becomes in one to two years time. Once you get into the National Football League you get graded upon your performance and what you’ve been able to achieve at that moment. With that being said, everybody’s performance warrants a grade that’s relative of that performance. We have a grade on Brandon. We know what that grade is. In time his agent and he will both know where we stand with Brandon.”
Clearly, this seems a matter of when, not if.
Let's be honest; it's not exactly a surprise.