Browns Best Draft Picks Since 1965
The Browns have qualified for the post-season 15 times since Cleveland last won a league championship in 1964. However, they’ve been unsuccessful at advancing to week eighteen in the past eleven years. Will this year be different? Many insiders agree that the Browns may be heading in the right direction with the proper personnel in place. A solid draft would definitely give first-year head coach Mike Pettine’s group a strong foundation to work with into the future. Below is a list of the Browns’ best draft choices from each of the current seven rounds since they chose Hall of Famers Paul Warfield and Leroy Kelly at the 1964 selection meeting.
2014 Browns’ Draft
1st – 4th pick
1st – 26th pick (from Colts)
2nd – 35th pick
3rd – 71st pick
3rd – 83rd pick (from Steelers)
4th – 106th pick
4th – 127th pick (from Colts)
5th – 145th pick
6th – 180th pick
7th – 218th pick
First Round Draft Choices
2010 (7th) – Joe Haden, CB/Florida
…He has recorded at least 3 interceptions in three of his four seasons in the NFL.
2009 (21st) – Alex Mack, C/California
…The two-time Pro Bowler (2010 & 2013) started in each of his first 80 games as a Brown (2009-2013).
2007 (3rd) – Joe Thomas, LT/Wisconsin
…Thomas has been the definition of consistent since he broken into the league in 2007. He has started every game (112 games) and has been a Pro Bowler each season (2007-2013).
1991 (2nd) – Eric Turner, SS/UCLA
…Turner was voted to the Pro Bowl in 1994 following a season which saw the former Bruin intercept 9 passes and total 82 tackles. The previous two seasons, Turner had registered 278 tackles (1992: 119, 1993: 159).
1989 (13th) – Eric Metcalf, RB/Texas
…He returned 5 punts and 2 kickoffs for scores during his 6 seasons with the Browns. He was also electric catching the ball (297 receptions, 2732 yards, 15 TDs) and rushing past defenders (2229 yards, 11 TDs).
1982 (3rd) – Chip Banks, OLB/UC
…Banks made the Pro Bowl in four of his five seasons in Cleveland. He recorded 27.5 sacks to go along with 6 fumble recoveries.
1981 (22nd) – Hanford Dixon, CB/Southern Mississippi
…There weren’t many who were better than Dixon in the AFC during his time in Cleveland. He ended his 9-year career (1981-1989) with 26 picks.
1978 (12th) – Clay Matthews, OLB/USC
…After 16 years with the Browns (1978-1993), it seemed very strange to see Matthews in a Falcon uniform during the latter part of his career. Clay was named to four Pro Bowls and tallied 1430 tackles, 62 sacks, 14 interceptions, 24 forced fumbles and 13 recoveries during his time in Cleveland.
1978 (23rd) – Ozzie Newsome, TE/Alabama
..The Hall of Fame tight end played his entire career in Cleveland. He caught 662 passes for 7980 yards and 47 TDs. Newsome was named to 3-Pro Bowl teams (1981, 1984, 1985).
1976 (7th) – Mike Pruitt, RB/Purdue
…Pruitt totaled 6540 yards rushing (47 rushing TDs) as a Brown. He was named to back-to-back Pro Bowls in 1979 and 1980.
1972 (18th) – Thom Darden, FS/Michigan
…The Wolverine safety intercepted 45 passes during his career. He picked off 10 in 1978.
1971 (14th) – Clarence Scott, CB/Kansas State
…Scott played mostly left cornerback during the first part of his career then switching to strong safety for his final five seasons. Over the course of his 12-year career, he intercepted 39 errant balls and returned 2 for a score.
1966 (14th) – Milt Morin, TE/Massachusetts
…Morin played his entire 10-year career in Cleveland where he caught 271 passes for 4208 yards (15.5 ypc) and 16 TDs.
Second Round Draft Choices
2010 (38th) – T.J. Ward, SS/Oregon
…Ward was named to his first Pro Bowl this past season. The former Duck compiled a stat line of 75 tackles, 2 interceptions, 1.5 sacks and 1 fumble recovery for a score in 2013.
1988 (50th) – Michael Dean Perry, DT/Clemson
…Cleveland’s 5-time Pro Bowl performer compiled a seven-year stat line for the Browns of 51.5 sacks, 470 tackles, and 10 forced fumbles.
1986 (43rd) – Webster Slaughter, WR/San Diego State
…Slaughter caught 305 passes during his stay in Cleveland for 4834 yards and 27 touchdowns.
1973 (30th) – Greg Pruitt, RB/Oklahoma
…Cleveland’s 4-time Pro Bowler recorded three-straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons (1975-77). He finished his 9-year run in 1981 with 5496 yards on the ground (25 TDs) and a 4.7 per carry average.
1970 (47th) – Jerry Sherk, DT/Oklahoma State
…The right defensive tackle was about as steady as you’d get earning Pro Bowl selections in four straight seasons (1973-1976).
1965 (27th) – Walter Johnson, DT/New Mexico State, Los Angeles State
…Johnson played nearly 170 games with the Browns (168) from 1965 to 1976.
Third Round Draft Choices
1990 (73rd) – Anthony Pleasant, DE/Tennessee State
…Pleasant began his career as a backup but soon took on the role as the starting right defensive end. He tallied 33.5 sacks and 273 tackles before moving with the team to Baltimore in 1996.
1983 (68th) – Reggie Camp, DE/California
…He started each game during his first four years in the NFL as a member of the Browns. Camp registered 14 sacks in his second season coming off the edge of the left side.
1976 (65th) – Dave Logan, WR/Colorado
…Statistically speaking, Logan’s best two seasons came in 1979 (59 catches, 982 yards, 7 TDs) and in 1980 (51 catches, 822 yards, 4 TDs).
1967 (55th) – Don Cockroft, K-P/Adam State
…Cockroft kicked and punted for the Browns throughout three separate decades (1968-80). He finished with an average of 40.3 yards per punt and a 94.5% extra point rate (432-457).
Fourth Round Draft Choices
1984 (104th) – Brian Brennan, WR/Boston College
…In his eight years in Cleveland, Brennan was known for his hands and his likeable personality. Number 86 caught 315 passes for 4148 yards (19 TDs) between 1984 and 1991).
Fifth Round Draft Choices
2002 (141st) – Andra Davis, ILB/Florid
…In his 7 seasons as a Brown (2002-2008), Davis compiled 79 tackles or more in three campaigns including 98 defensive stops in 2003.
1990 (129th) – Rob Burnett, DE/Syracuse
…Burnett played 6 seasons in Cleveland where he recorded 40.5 sacks, 7 fumble recoveries and 305 tackles.
1982 (115th) – Mike Baab, C/Texas
…Baab was effective during both of his stints with Cleveland. He started each game that he played in during six of his seven years with the Browns.
Sixth Round Draft Choices
1971 (142nd) – Doug Dieken, LT/Illinois
…From his second year (1972) until his final thirteenth (1984), Dieken started every game earning a Pro Bowl selection in 1980.
1967 (152nd) – John Demarie, RG-LG/LSU
…The Lake Charles, LA native was a versatile player along the offensive line during his 9 seasons in Cleveland (1967-1975).
1966 (93rd) – Fred Hoaglin, C/Pittsburgh
…Hoaglin anchored the offensive line for much of his career (1966-1972).
Seventh Round Draft Choices
1985 (175th) – Reggie Langhorne, WR/Elizabeth City State
…Langhorne didn’t make a Pro Bowl and he never caught more than 60 balls in Cleveland. However, he was able to haul in 261 passes for an average of 13.8 yards per catch.
1981 (187th) – Eddie Johnson, ILB/Louisville
…In the prime of Johnson’s career he started 48 games for the Browns (1984-1986).
1979 (183rd) – Cody Risien, RT/Texas A&M
…Risien was named to two Pro Bowls (1986 & 1987) during his 10-year career in Cleveland (1979-1989).
1969 (176th) – Walt Sumner, SS/Florida State
…Sumner intercepted 13 passes during his first three seasons as a Brown.