First off, I’ll admit: the Browns are an easy target.
Since returning to the NFL, they have been an ineptly run, racing thru owners, coaches, GM’s and QB’s like Joey Chestnut & Kobiashi going thru hot dogs on Independence Day.
So how have the Browns drafted over the last half decade?
They have made 14 picks in the first 2 rounds, so it’s got to be good, right?
Even though the results may not show it on the field, the Browns actually have made a few excellent draft picks over the last half decade. Mostly in the top part of the draft.
2009 ... 1st round ... Alex Mack (#21)
2010 ... 1st round ... Joe Haden (#7)
2010 ... 2nd round ... TJ Ward (#38)
2011 ... 1st round ... Phil Taylor (#21)
2011 ... 2nd round ... Jabaal Sheard (#37)
2011 ... 4th round ... Jordan Cameron (#102)
2012 ... 2nd round ... Mitchell Schwartz (#37)
The Browns had a nice 3-year run (2009~2011) where they hit on their 1st round picks, and added a few other picks who have become good players.
The good picks in Cleveland, as seen above, have mostly been ‘top of the draft’ guys. Outside of Cameron (who took 3 years to become productive), their "hits" have all been guys in the top 40 of the draft.
Where the Browns have bombed is basically every pick from #40 and beyond.
Outside of Cameron, the Browns’ picks in round 4, 5, 6 and 7 have been brutal.
I’m not sure if "ugly" is worse than "bad"? But the Browns have had their share of ugly picks who have outright bombed.
Trent Richardson (round 1) – Despite a 3.3 career ypc, he’s not a "horrible" player. Just a bad player. But what makes his selection so brutal is trading UP for him, and then giving him away for pennies on the dollar.
Brandon Weeden (round 1) – A prime example why you don’t want to enter a draft needing a QB. Because you may reach for one who isn’t that good.
David Veikune – Another round 2 bomb, Veikune was out of the NFL after 2 seasons, compiling a total of ZERO tackles. There was a reason why everybody outside of Cuyahoga County was laughing when this huge, huge reach of a pick was made.
Colt McCoy – As a round 3 selection, one can’t expect to get Andrew Luck. Which is good – because he’s not Andrew Luck. But at least he was better than Weeden.