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Weeden wants to compete with Colt in Cleveland

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PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 08: Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns looks to pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 8, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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Quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III will go first and second on Thursday night at the NFL draft, and Ryan Tannehill will be taken at some point later in the first round. After that the big question is about Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden, who is projected to go anywhere from the middle of the first round to late in the second. Weeden, who will be watching the draft from home, sounds like he’s hoping that he goes at No. 22.

The 22nd overall pick belongs to the Browns via last year’s Julio Jones trade with the Falcons, and in comments to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Weeden sounded like he believes that if he goes there, he’ll be poised to beat out Colt McCoy as the Browns’ starter this year.

I know Colt had a good year last year, and he’s a good football player,” Weeden said. “But I’m a competitor, and I want to play as soon as possible. I’d be excited about the opportunity to come in and compete with him and see how things pan out.”

It’s also possible that Weeden could go to the Browns in the second round, at No. 37. Dropping that far would be a disappointment to Weeden, but he’s excited about the interest the Browns have shown.

“I feel really good about how everything’s gone with the Browns throughout this whole process. It would be exciting if I ended up there,” Weeden said. “They’ve got a good thing going on there, and they’re headed in the right direction.”

Whether the Browns are going in the right direction or not is debatable, but drafting Weeden would be a sign that the Browns don’t think McCoy is the man to take them in the right direction.