5. QB Brandon Weeden (2012- 22nd Overall)
Brandon Weeden became the oldest player ever selected in the first round (28) when the Browns drafted him 22nd overall. The team selected running back Trent Richardson third overall, and the team’s backfield was supposedly set for years to come.
The selections turned out to be fool’s gold. Weeden was absolutely dreadful during his two seasons in Cleveland, and Richardson was dealt to the Indianapolis Colts in 2013.
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His first career start came in the 2012 season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles and foreshadowed the rest of his time with the Browns. He threw four interceptions and ended the outing with a 5.1 quarterback rating, the lowest ever in a season opener since the 1970 merger.
In total, Weeden appeared in 23 games with the Browns, tossing 23 touchdowns against 26 interceptions. In 20 starts, he compiled a 5-15 record, including losing all five of his starts in the 2013 season.
Two miserable seasons and countless shake your head moments led to his release prior to the 2014 season. He’s now a member of the Houston Texans after two and a half seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.
The quarterback curse of the 22nd overall pick in Cleveland is real.
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