Cleveland Browns: 15 best defensive backs of all time

Joe Haden, Cleveland Browns. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Leigh Bodden, Cleveland Browns
Leigh Bodden, Cleveland Browns. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

The Cleveland Browns have had their share of talented players suit up in the orange and brown. Here, we look at the 15 best defensive backs to ever do so.

This season, the Cleveland Browns have one of the best defensive backfields we have seen in years. Rookie Greedy Williams came over as a second-round pick and joins a corps that already had No. 4 overall pick, Denzel Ward.

In addition to ‘The Warden’, there were two free agent pick-ups from 2018 that have played well in Terrance Mitchell and T.J. Carrie.

At safety, they look just as talented with Damarious Randall at free safety and Morgan Burnett playing next to him. Defensive coordinator Steve Wilks plans on using defensive sets with extra safeties, which allows them to also get Jermaine Whitehead on the field often.

Of course, this isn’t the first time that the Browns have boasted a good defensive backfield, as they have fielded some pretty strong units in the past. Here, we look back over their storied history and select the 15 best players to grace the back-end of the Cleveland defense.

Toughest Omissions: Leigh Bodden, Daylon McCutcheon

Leigh Bodden entered the NFL in 2003 after off seven passes as a senior at Duquesne University, but went undrafted and made the 53-man roster. He was originally a standout on special teams, but moved into the starting lineup in 2005 and had 56 tackles, three picks and two forced fumbles. He was also able to break up an impressive 17 passes.

By 2007, he was becoming a star and had career-highs with 88 tackles and six interceptions. His talent was undeniable, but he didn’t play for the team long enough to crack the top 15.

Daylon McCutcheon was one of the better corners on the team after they returned to the NFL in 1999. He started right away for the Browns and held his job for seven seasons. McCutcheon ended his career with 424 tackles, 12 picks and two defensive touchdowns.