2005 – WR Braylon Edwards (Round 1: 3rd overall)
Oh man, what could’ve been. Braylon Edwards was special. No one could guard him, keep up with him or slow him down. He blocked, went over the middle and did everything he could do to be effective outside of the passing game. His routes were always crips and his ability to shift his weight while running, allowing him the ability to shift by defenders was classic.
Good thing there isn’t any other trait a receiver needs to be great. Nope, none. What else could there be?
Oh, yeah, I guess that’s the one thing Edwards was lacking…
Good ‘ol Stone Hands Edwards was a great athlete but he was one of the worst offenders with dropped passes during his era. Edwards would only last four years and some change with the Browns, getting traded away mid-way through the 2009 season, just a year and a half after his lone Pro Bowl selection.
Much like with Winslow, Edwards gets the nod in part due to a weak class for the Browns in 2005. Brodney Pool was an alright starter but he couldn’t even beat out Sean Jones for a starters spot at first. Charlie Frye was atrocious as a quarterback and should’ve moved to tight end when he left Akron, while Antonio Perkins, David McMillian, Andrew Hoffman, and Jon Dunn are so dang forgettable that they don’t count.
Nick Speegle was also taken in this draft, and while he didn’t have a noteworthy career, his name is Speegle and that’s Hall of Fame-worthy in my book.