Cleveland Browns’ 10 best players since returning to the NFL in 1999

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8. Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson was Cleveland’s first wide receiver drafted in their 1999 draft class going 32nd overall in the second round. He was the wide receiver that was expected to grow with former University of Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch, who went first overall.

Johnson was named to the 1999 NFL All-Rookie Team after completing his rookie season with 66 receptions for 986 yards and eight touchdowns. The former Browns WR, who was selected out Syracuse finished with 315 reception for 3,836 yards, and 23 touchdowns.

Despite being a player Cleveland initially expected to be with them for a long time, that is not how his tenure in NE Ohio ended. Even though Johnson put up numbers for a Browns team that was a work in progress, while also becoming a player fans could support, he couldn’t keep his job as long as one would have liked.

After being benched, Cleveland released the talented wide receiver. The Jaguars then picked him up before also playing for the Ravens and the Lions.

If it weren’t for this decision, perhaps Johnson would have done enough to the point where Browns fans and football fans, in general, could make a case where he’d be higher on the list.

Even though Johnson’s Cleveland career was cut short, he does have the 12th most receiving yards in team history.