Who Are the 5 Best Tackles Drafted by the Cleveland Browns?
3. Cody Risien, 1979, Round 7
Cody Risien is a sneaky, but worthwhile addition to this list. Risien played at Texas A&M and the Cleveland Browns selected the Aggie in the seventh-round of the 1979 draft as a guard. That’s where Risien started 10 of 16 games his rookie year. He was named a member of the 1979 All-Rookie team that year.
However, for the next 10 seasons (excluding 1984 which he missed due to injury) Risien had perfect attendance as the Brown right tackle (a span of 150 games). During that time Risien started in an additional 10 postseason games. In fact, the Browns (almost unbelievably) made the playoffs in seven out of Risien’s 10 seasons, and Risien was a fixture on those Browns teams that came tantalizingly close to the Super Bowl.
Risien’s curtain call for the Browns was in the AFC Championship game following the 1989 season, a game the Browns lost to the Denver Broncos 37-21.
Risien is also a member of Cleveland.com’s 100 greatest Cleveland Browns, finishing one spot ahead of fellow lineman Doug Dieken at number 36. Like the other tackles on this list, one of the hallmarks of Cody Risien was simply the fact that he showed up every week. It really is amazing how spoiled Browns fans were for several years.