May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; A general view of a helmet, NFL shield, stage, and podium before the start of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
The NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night at 8 with the Cleveland Browns holding an NFL-high 10 picks – including two in the first round.
This is the second year in a row, and the third in the past four, that the Browns will have two selections in the first round of the draft. The Browns will pick at No. 12 and again at No. 19 (thanks to last year’s trade with Buffalo).
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Since joining the NFL in 1950 the Browns have selected a player at No. 12 just three times, with mixed results:
- In 1952, the club selected Boston University star Harry Agganis, known as “The Golden Greek.” Agganis would never play a down for the Browns, however, opting instead to sign to play baseball with the Boston Red Sox.
- In 1954, the club selected offensive tackle John Bauer from Illinois, only to trade Bauer to the Green Bay Packers before the season started. The Packers would then trade Bauer to the New York Giants, where he would play just two games before being out of the NFL after just one year.
- In 1977, the club selected linebacker Clay Matthews from USC, who would go on to a 19-year career that should have landed him in the Hall of Fame. He recorded 62 sacks in 16 seasons with the Browns, was a four-time Pro Bowler and a mainstay on the playoff teams of the 1980s.
We’ve spent considerable time profiling college players and speculating about what the Browns will do during the draft’s three days, now we want to hear from you.
Who should the Browns draft at No. 12? Vote in the poll and let us know in the comments what you would do if you could sit in general manager Ray Farmer‘s chair come Thursday night.
We’ll be back tomorrow with a look at what the Browns could do at No. 19.