2012 NFL Bold Predictions: Brandon Weeden Will Have 4,000 Passing Yards

Andrew Vigliotti@@Andrew_VigCorrespondent IJuly 4, 2012

BEREA, OH - MAY 12: Quarterback Brandon Weeden #3 of the Cleveland Browns warms up prior to the start of the second day of minicamp at Cleveland Browns training facility on May 12, 2012 in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns lacked star power on the offensive side of the ball last season. Their passing game ranked 24th in the NFL (193.1). The rushing attack finished 28th in the league (95.7). Their overall yardage total ranked 29th (288.8).

The Browns have an opportunity to improve on their lowly numbers from a season ago. Quarterback Brandon Weeden will have a lot to do with their success offensively.   

Weeden, 28, was the 22nd selection in the 2012 NFL Draft.  

A little older than his peers, Weeden was highly coveted by a team looking to stabilize their quarterback situation. 

The former Oklahoma State product brings an upside to the Browns at quarterback they haven't had in a while. He has a strong arm which he can utilize down the field to his wide receivers. He has the ability to see over the offensive line with his 6'4" frame and deliver the ball in the pocket.

The deep ball is going to be important for the Browns moving forward. Weeden is more than capable of making the big play down field. The leadership and intangibles he possesses is another reason why Cleveland was high on him. He will make everyone better around him.

Wide receiver Greg Little is expected to have a breakout season in his sophomore campaign. He can be utilized as their all-around weapon. He can make catches in space over the middle, or go up and grab the ball in a jump ball situation.

Weeden understands route progressions and where to place the ball. The Browns have an above-average offensive line which will give him enough time to make the accurate throw. The turnovers won't be as big of a factor if he has time to throw.  

Rookie running back Trent Richardson is going to help the Browns' rushing attack as he is a player who can carry the load on all three downs. He will keep defenses honest with their blitz schemes. Expect a lot of play-action passes this season. 

A lot of fans question the Browns' thought process with regards to Weeden. Their main question is, would it have been in the team's best interest to trade up to draft Robert Griffin III instead of taking a chance on a 28-year-old quarterback? The answer to that question is no.

Here is a reminder of what the Redskins traded in order to get the former Baylor quarterback. If Cleveland would have traded up with the Rams and selected Griffin III, they wouldn't have Richardson.

Instead, the Browns selected the No. 1 running back in the draft via a trade with Minnesota, and still drafted a quality quarterback in the first round. 

The Browns had a lot of draft picks. They used them in deals with hopes of improving their team.  

Expect the rookie to throw for 4,195 yards, 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Cleveland Browns fans who don't believe Weeden was the right pick simply because of his age need to answer this question—would you rather have eight years of success with Weeden, or 10 more years of past quarterback failures?