BEREA, Ohio — Tom Heckert and Pat Shurmur were very positive in talking about the team’s first round acquisitions in the draft.
“We’re obviously excited about the two guys we got today,” Heckert said.
Heckert said he and Vikings GM Rick Spielman had spoken four or five times before today and Heckert knew there was a real possibility that the Browns would have to trade up to get Trent Richardson.
“I knew exactly what was offered to Minnesota and we had to trade to get (Richardson),” Heckert said. “We were pretty fired up and spent a lot of time wondering.
“I talked to Rick four or five times before today,” he said. “He told me he had this (offer), I trusted him and when he told me I trusted him.
“If it didn’t work out, we would’ve taken another guy, but Trent is the guy we really wanted,” he said. “We weren’t going to do anything stupid. I had a good relationship with Rick and they were concerned about moving down too far and not getting the guy they wanted.”
Heckert said Richardson and Weeden help the Browns be a more physical team.
“I don’t know if we transformed it, but we wanted to be tougher,” he said. “Obviously, taking Trent helps us be a more physical football team.”
Heckert said Richardson can do it all.
“We were excited,” he said. “He can do all three things. He can run he can catch and he can block. And he’s a tough, tough player.”
Heckert said that the Browns would’ve still most likely taken Weeden, even if Kendall Wright wasn’t drafted just two spots ahead of them.
“Brandon was by far the best player for us,” he said. “We talked about it, but we had a lot of conversations about it but when you’re talking about a quarterback, we wanted to make sure we got him. There were teams behind us that were interested.
“We liked Kendall, but a quarterback is a quarterback,” he said. “We didn’t have to make that decision.”
Shurmur was asked about the role of Weeden coming in with Colt McCoy and Seneca Wallace.
“Tonight, is more about Brandon Weeden then the competition we became very fond of him. From Randy (Lerner), Mike (Holmgren),Tom and myself. This is a guy we’d like to have on our team.”
Heckert said Weeden is pegged to be the Browns franchise quarterback.
“In our opinion, yes he is,” he said. “We took him at the 22nd spot.
“We want for those guys to play (right away), but if it takes more time we’ll take it.”
Many experts talked about how highly the Browns had Ryan Tannehill rated, but both Shurmur and Heckert said that wasn’t the case.
“Not really,” when asked between the two. “ We all liked Weeden. We liked Tannehill, too, but we really liked Weeden.”
Shurmur said he sees everything you want in Weeden.
“(Weeden) has the attributes you’re looking for in a quarterback,” Shurmur said. “He’s a winner. He’s a very mature guy. He took a very non- traditional way to get here. He found a way to get it done. I wasn’t concerned about his age, I was concerned with his productivity.
“We think he’s going to project into a top level NFL quarterback,” Shurmur said. “We felt like having him on our team would help us be better and make our team get better.”
Shurmur said he likes Weeden’s size at 6-4, 221.
“We’re always looking for bigger, stronger guys,” he said. “A quarterback has to take the physical pounding.”
He’s not worried about Weeden learning the West Coast offense.
“I think what you do is get the players and plug them in and we evaluated him with the idea that he can fit in well with what we do