2001 – CB Anthony Henry (Round 4: Pick 2, 97th overall
There’s no denying the best player from 2001 was Anthony Henry. Gerard Warren was the first pick for the Browns that year, going third overall in the draft. Despite only playing four years in Cleveland, he would go on to play a decade in the league, playing in Denver, Oakland, and New England.
Due to how the rookie pay scales were back then, Warren got a huge contract for nothing. Because of this, he was dubbed “Big Money” by the press and Warren ended up struggling to be successful in stretches. His streaky play was problematic but he did end up starting 137 out of 163 games. Though, when you realize who was taken after him, and how he never had a single above-average year, it’s not hard to see why Warren is considered a bust. You can’t take someone ahead of LaDanian Tomislon, never make a Pro Bowl and avoid the label.
Anthony Henry on the other hand, while not a Pro Bowler, should’ve been in 2001. He had 10 interceptions in his first year as the Cleveland Browns corner and played mostly in nickel and dime packages. After a few good years in Cleveland, Dallas lured him away with a big deal and from then on Henry played for the Cowboys.
He’d finish his career with 31 interceptions and three touchdowns. Not bad for being a fourth-round draft pick. Henry became one heck of a player for a lot of good teams despite very few thinking he’d make camp in 2001. One of two obvious Pro Bowl snubs so far from that 2001 season, with Kevin Johnson being the other obvious example.