By Ross Simon on April 28, 2014
Since returning to the NFL in 1999, the Cleveland Browns usually pick near the top of the first round of the NFL Draft ... and they usually get those picks wrong. Here are their five most atrocious first-round selections of the past 15 years.
Tim Couch was the Browns' first overall selection in 1999, the first year the "new Browns" began. Couch lasted five seasons with Cleveland, throwing 67 interceptions in 59 total starts. Couch would not start a game in the NFL after being released from the Browns in 2003. In the 1999 NFL Draft, eight of the first 11 picks would eventually become Pro Bowlers. Couch was not one of them.
Gerard Warren was Cleveland's first-round pick in 2001 at No. 3 overall. Out of the next 10 picks, eight would become Pro Bowlers. Warren, a defensive tackle, was taken two spots ahead of Richard Seymour, who would anchor the New England Patriots' defensive line to a Super Bowl victory that very season. Warren was traded in 2005 to the Broncos for a fourth-round draft pick.
Kellen Winslow Jr. was taken No. 6 overall by the Cleveland Browns in the 2004 NFL Draft. Although Winslow would make a Pro Bowl, he never lived up to expectations or his family name. Winslow was drafted seven spots ahead of Ben Roethlisberger, a lifelong Browns fan. The Browns' quarterback at the time was Jeff Garcia.
Braylon Edwards was taken No. 3 overall in the 2005 NFL Draft. After an outstanding rookie season, he developed a case of the drops and never recovered. He was taken 21 spots ahead of Aaron Rodgers. Cleveland's quarterback at the time was Trent Dilfer.
In the 2011 Draft, the Cleveland Browns traded the sixth overall pick to the Atlanta Falcons for multiple draft picks, including Atlanta's first-round pick in 2012. Atlanta chose Julio Jones in 2011. With Atlanta's pick in 2012, the Browns took Brandon Weeden. Weeden is seen as possibly one of the worst first-round picks of all time. He lasted 20 starts where he was responsible for 26 interceptions and 12 fumbles.
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