The Cleveland Browns horrendous track record in the draft since 1999 is no secret. A collection of five former first round picks highlights the organization’s past incompetence.
The 2016 NFL Combine began Tuesday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, and the Cleveland Browns are determined to reverse their historically bad draft results. It’s the team’s highest selection since 2000, where they selected defensive end Courtney Brown with the first overall pick (more on that later).
The tumultuous tenure of former general manager Ray Farmer is over, and Browns fans could not be happier about it. The new leadership of head coach Hue Jackson, VP of football operations Sashi Brown, and chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta has sparked optimism amongst Browns Backers.
Still, pondering the nightmares of past drafts is enough to meet the regime change with skepticism. Hope for the best, and expect the worst is an understandable attitude for Cleveland Browns faithful. One playoff appearance in 16 seasons will do that to a fanbase.
With selections like these five busts, can you blame us for being skeptical? Here are the top five worst draft picks for the Browns since 1999.
Next: 5. QB Brandon Weeden (2012- 22nd Overall)