Nine straight Browns first-round picks gone before playing out rookie deals

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It’s not exactly breaking news to say the Browns are bad at drafting, but it’s remarkable to review just how bad.

From 2011, when the NFL adopted a new rookie salary structure that meant every first-round pick got a four-year contract with a fifth-year option, not a single Browns first-round pick has made it to the fifth-year option season.

The Browns’ nine draft picks from 2011 through 2016 lasted an average of 2.3 seasons in Cleveland. Here’s a review of those nine players:

2016: Corey Coleman lasted two years before the Browns traded him.

2015: Danny Shelton lasted three years before the Browns traded him.

2015: Cam Erving lasted two years before the Browns traded him.

2014: Justin Gilbert lasted two years before the Browns traded him.

2014: Johnny Manziel lasted two years before the Browns released him.

2013: Barkevious Mingo lasted three years before the Browns traded him.

2012: Trent Richardson lasted one year before the Browns traded him.

2012: Brandon Weeden lasted two years before the Browns released him.

2011: Phil Taylor lasted four years before the Browns released him.

38 responses to “Nine straight Browns first-round picks gone before playing out rookie deals

  1. Obviously there are problems with the general manager and the scouts when you see a trend like this. I wonder what part of this is on the coaches as well? But most of these guys went on to have a very minor career if any, so maybe they never had it. One way or another this is yet another example of how the Browns organization is not functioning at a pro level. Instead of rebuilding the team again, they really need to rebuild the front office, from scouts to GM. The city of Cleveland Deserves it.

  2. Instead of rebuilding the team again, they really need to rebuild the front office, from scouts to GM. The city of Cleveland Deserves it.

    I don’t want to be critical, but you forgot owner.

  3. I think that trend is over. They finally have a real GM in place who has already made some bold yet solid moves. Not really a Browns fam but wouldn’t be surprised to see them really turn this thing around this year or next.

  4. It certainly underscores that the fish rots from the head. As a fan of a team if you are lucky enough to have an owner truly committed to winning and a strong front office then you are lucky enough indeed.

  5. Bwahahahaha…the Browns doing Browns things. 1-31 over two seasons, what a godawful organization. As an Eagles fan I’m so happy we were able to deal with them to make the trade up to two to draft Wentz…whom the Browns felt was not a top 20 QB…lmao.

  6. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    August 6, 2018 at 6:58 am
    It’s like the Steelers and Pats first round picks. Swing and a miss.
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    In the 17yr Belichick era, out of 15 1st rd picks, Pats have had one bust, Easley. Nine (Seymour, Wilfork, McCourty, Mankins, Mayo, Solder, Hightower, Warren and Brown) are having (or had) great careers with the Pats, Maroney did ok until injured, Meriweather and Graham both had a decent career, Chandler Jones did well, and too soon to tell about new guys Wynn and Michel.

  7. ragnarthegreat says:
    August 6, 2018 at 7:01 am
    Obviously there are problems with the general manager and the scouts when you see a trend like this. I wonder what part of this is on the coaches as well? But most of these guys went on to have a very minor career if any, so maybe they never had it. One way or another this is yet another example of how the Browns organization is not functioning at a pro level. Instead of rebuilding the team again, they really need to rebuild the front office, from scouts to GM. The city of Cleveland Deserves it.

    They did…

  8. Hopefully this year ends the trend. So far so good under the Dorsey regime. We’ll see. This should help everyone understand the frustration of being a Browns fan.

  9. Funny how despite all these first round busts, there are still plenty of people who say every year, “No, really – THIS is finally the year the Browns turn it around! Just you watch!”

    I will believe it when I see it.

  10. .
    I’m being repetitive but the fans and media let these incompetent GMs off the hook too easy. They construct a inferior roster and then tell the coach to go out and beat a superior Patriots team. How can he do it? By outcoaching Belichick? Relying on luck? At season’s end it’s always the coach who gets canned.

    More often than not, the best roster wins
    .

  11. It’s amazing how many times the Browns have had multiple first round picks and still managed to blow all of them.

  12. In fairness, Phil Talor and Danny Shelton were/are pretty good players. They both played to the level of “average/replacement” grade: solid and stable if not above average. They traded big Phil for his perpetually injured knees: he couldn’t see the field and they had depth after picking up the latter, Shelton, whom they traded because, again, they had comparable backup players and he was more valuable as a trade asset.

    For as terrible (1-31) as they have been as a team, the defensive line has not been as terrible over the years.

  13. The Browns know what it’s like to lose. To feel so desperately that you’re right, yet to fail nonetheless. It’s frightening, turns the legs to jelly. I ask you to what end? Dread it. Run from it. Destiny arrives all the same.

  14. I think that trend is over. They finally have a real GM in place who has already made some bold yet solid moves. Not really a Browns fam but wouldn’t be surprised to see them really turn this thing around this year or next…or maybe the following year, or the year after that…the future is filled with hope…and a prayer.

  15. The Browns hired a new GM and he’s going to clean house. This was his first draft and he’s cutting down the roster, getting rid of dead wood.
    The new GM doesn’t have ties to the prior GMs first round busts so will dump them.

  16. “The Browns know what it’s like to lose. To feel so desperately that you’re right, yet to fail nonetheless. It’s frightening, turns the legs to jelly. I ask you to what end? Dread it. Run from it. Destiny arrives all the same.”

    Maybe they shouldn’t have hired Thanos as a GM. He has other priorities.

  17. Taylor and Shelton are the only 2 on that list who actually had 1st round talent. It’s not hard to see why the Browns have been so horrible when you see this list of 1st round failures. The failure starts at the top. Mike Holmgren came to Cleveland to act as the sudo owner, since then owner Randy Lerner inherited a football team and had no actual interest in football. Joe Banner stopped by for a cup of coffee and stole several milion dollars in salary along with making the genius pick of Barkevious Mingo. Ray Farmer came to Cleveland with the title of “The next Ozzie Newsome” and was a complete failure. How do you hire someone as GM who places zero value on wide receivers because they only affect 5-6 plays a game? Then comes the IVY league wonder Sashi Brown. A great analytical Capologist but a horrible evaluator of actual talent. I don’t know what’s more pathetic, this list of 1st round failures, or the jersey with 20+ quarterback names on it.

  18. Hastyle Eagle says:
    August 6, 2018 at 7:35 am
    Bwahahahaha…the Browns doing Browns things. 1-31 over two seasons, what a godawful organization. As an Eagles fan I’m so happy we were able to deal with them to make the trade up to two to draft Wentz…whom the Browns felt was not a top 20 QB…lmao.
    —————————

    What’s more surprising – another story about the Browns failures, or another gloating post from yet ANOTHER “”lifelong Eagles fan”?

    There are certain posters that you can accept the gloating from 700 levelvet comes to mind. But the band wagoners are nauseating.

  19. The Brows are like that guy that wins the lottery, blows it all, wins the lottery again and still winds up broke.

  20. It is exhausting watching them destroy promising players year after year. It’s simply not possible that every single player they touch would be a bust no matter the franchise. The Browns are one of several teams that should be placed in draft receivership for their crimes against the league’s talent pool.

  21. How can an organization be so inept year after year? That explains a lot why they have sucked for the last decade. It’s hard to win any games when your front office is filled with idiots.

  22. To be fair… out of the ENTIRE Browns history, only 2 players drafted in the first round played their entire career in Cleveland AND are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. There will be a third one in a few years (Joe Thomas) but the other two are Jim Brown and Ozzie Newsome.

    The Browns have a long history of not making great 1st round picks, and it started way before 2011.

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