There is something to be said for having a higher level of comfort and trust in a teammate.
The Browns chose Richardson with their first pick in April’s draft and ended the league’s annual three-day selection meeting by choosing Smelley.
“It was very comfortable,” Richardson said. "A guy like Smelley, that doesn’t drop passes and is always picking up the right blocks and knows what he’s doing, we’ve got a guy like that and he’s actually my roommate right now. It’s very comfortable with us coming from the same school and we look out for each other. That’s one thing that we have done at ‘Bama and that’s one thing we’re going to carry over to here and combine our brotherhood with everybody else.”
Cooper, an undrafted free agent who signed with the Browns last week, saw a jump in production when Weeden took over as Oklahoma State’s starting quarterback in 2010. As a junior at Oklahoma State, Cooper caught 68 passes for 736 yards and five touchdowns. He followed that up with a 71-catch, 715-yard, three-touchdown season last fall.
Working out together for the Browns in Berea was an extension of what the former Cowboys have been doing “for five years, especially these last 14, 16 days.”
“We’ve gone up to the field every day about 8:30 in the morning and just thrown route after route after route,” Weeden recalled. “I always joked with people that I liked throwing the ball to him just as much as I liked throwing the ball to Justin Blackmon and I wasn’t lying. I love throwing the ball to Josh Cooper.”
When he drops back and looks to Cooper, Weeden knows exactly what he will get from the 5-foot-11, 195-pound native of Mustang, Okla.
“He’s a great route-runner, has unbelievable hands,” Weeden said. “He made me look good on one and we were on the same page on the other one. He’s a great, great player, very smart. He came to my room (Thursday) night and we got through the playbook. We talked through some things. I’ve got a lot of confidence in Coop and am excited for him to be here.”