Cleveland Browns: 15 best defensive backs of all time

Joe Haden, Cleveland Browns. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Felix Wright, Frank Stams, Cleveland Browns
Felix Wright, Frank Stams, Cleveland Browns. (Photo by Duane Prokop/Getty Images for Bud Light) /

. S. 1985-90. Felix Wright. 13. player. 53

Greatest defensive backs in Cleveland Browns history: #13. Felix Wright

Again, we find an undrafted player here, as Felix Wright didn’t hear his name called after starring collegiately at Drake. Not only did he not get drafted to the NFL at that time, but he wasn’t even given a contract in the league.

Instead, Wright started out his career in the CFL as a member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He played for them from 1982 through 1984 and was able to appear in a Grey Cup — the Canadian league’s version of the Super Bowl.

Wright’s play with the Tiger-Cats earned him two CFL All-Star appearances and caught the eye of the Browns. He ended up signing with them in 1985 and spent the next five seasons there.

For his first two seasons with Cleveland, Wright was used in sub-packages and on special teams. He made plenty of plays, despite not being a part of the base defense and had five picks in his first two seasons.

By his third year in the league, the free safety got his chance to start and made the most of it. That year, he had four interceptions and returned his first career touchdown. He was then a permanent fixture in the defensive backfield and proved to be quite the ballhawk. His best example of this came in 1989 when Wright had nine interceptions which were the most in the NFL that year.

In six seasons in The Land, Wright ended up with 26 career interceptions, good for 11th in team history. Not bad at all for a player who had to take the scenic route to make his NFL dream a reality.