5 Home grown players Cleveland Browns didn’t draft
By Hank Kilburn
4. Le’Veon Bell
The product of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Le’Veon Bell gave the Browns headaches twice a year with the Pittsburgh Steelers — as he was one of the best running backs in the NFL during his five seasons with the AFC North rival.
Bell is a three-time Pro Bowler and a two-time All-Pro. He rushed for over 1,200 yards in three of those five seasons with the Steelers. Even on an offensively deficient New York Jets team, Bell accounted for 1,250 yards and four touchdowns, which is impressive after taking a year off and playing for a team where he was the only real proven weapon.
Who the Browns drafted instead: N/A; the Browns didn’t have a second-round pick in the 2013 draft.
3. Michael Thomas
Michael Thomas is the only one on this list who isn’t from Ohio. However, he still has roots to the stae from his collegiate days at The Ohio State University.
Since entering the league in 2016, Thomas has over 1,100 receiving yards in each season. He was voted the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year. He’s also a three-time Pro Bowler and has been named to All-Pro teams in his young career.
Who the Browns drafted instead: Emmanuel Ogbah; 15 picks ahead of Thomas.