Looking back over the history of the Cleveland Browns, there have been some great finds in the NFL Draft. Here are their 15 biggest steals of all-time.
Teams are built through the NFL Draft, there’s no doubt about that. And as Cleveland Browns fans are well aware, all the love — and scrutiny — gets heaped upon the players taken early in the process. When a player is chosen early, especially first overall which Cleveland is familiar with, there’s a lot of expectation for that kid to perform well.
However, building a good team goes well beyond the first day of the draft. The teams that are able to find sustained success are the ones who find steals throughout the entire selection process. When a team finds a legitimate starter beyond opening night, they’re able to really start building a deep and competitive roster.
For the Browns, they have had their fair share of steals throughout their storied existence — even if they had a rough patch after returning to the NFL in 1999 following a few-year hiatus. Here, we will look at the 15 biggest steals of all-time for Cleveland.
Before we begin though, we must define what a steal is. This doesn’t necessarily mean it was a player in the late rounds who became the leader of a franchise, but instead, it could simply be someone who gave them incredible value for where they were selected. And with that said, we begin with the No. 15 steal, which was a very recent pick for the Browns.