8. Kellen Winslow
Cleveland traded its seventh pick (and a second-rounder) to the Detroit Lions for the sixth pick and the right to draft Kellen Winslow, who starred at tight end for the University of Miami.
The son of Hall-of-Famer, Kellen Winslow Sr., it appeared as if the Browns were going to be set at the position for the next eight-to-10 years with a kid who possessed Hall of Fame genes.
But youthful exuberance got the best of Winslow on a spring day in suburban Cleveland when he crashed his motorcycle doing tricks.
Despite playing just two games in his first two years, Winslow entered 2006 with lofty thoughts of himself, proclaiming that 90 percent of his ability “is still better than every tight end out there.”
During the 2006 and 2007 campaigns, Winslow was productive for the Browns, earning a Pro Bowl invite (alternate, and played because of injury) in 2007.
But in 2008, Winslow contracted a staph infection and openly bashed then GM Phil Savage for not doing something to eradicate staph infections–something that plagued several Browns’ players of that era.
Winslow was dealt to Tampa Bay following the 2008 campaign, where he put together a few productive seasons. From there, he bounced around to Seattle, New England and the Jets. He was suspended for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy in October of 2013, and hasn’t played since.
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