John over at Cat Crave has compiled a great, comprehensive breakdown of every NFL team’s recent years in the Draft. Now, this database only covers the first two rounds of the draft between 2003 and 2007. Nevertheless, it definitely does not make the Browns look too shabby at all. In fact, those first two rounds since 2003 have been pretty good to Cleveland. Here is what John came up with:
(82%) – this is the percentage of players still with the team
Record: 29-51, No Playoff Appearances
Total Draft Picks: 11
Still With Team: 9 Starting for Team: 8
With Another Team: 2 Starting w/Another Team: 2
Out of League: 0
Key Draft Successes: Braylon Edwards, Eric Wright
Key Draft Busts: Brady Quinn?
Since 2004, all these picks are still with the team, and contributing quite a bit. And if you consider your key draft “bust” to be Brady Quinn, then there is a lot to like about the Browns as of right now, except for that 29-51 record, with 10 coming in 2007 alone.
Special thanks to John for making the Browns look so promising! Seriously, I’m starting to believe in these good vibes, which may unfortunately come crashing down with the help of the fickle beast that is the NFL.
Browns picked in first two rounds since 2003
2007 – 1st: Joe Thomas, Brady Quinn, 2nd: Eric Wright
2006 – 1st: Kamerion Wimbley, 2nd: D’Qwell Jackson
2005 – 1st: Braylon Edwards, 2nd: Brodney Pool
2004 – 1st: Kellen Winslow, 2nd: Sean Jones
2003 – 1st: Jeff Faine, 2nd: Chaun Thompson