The Worst of the Worst: Biggest Cleveland Browns draft-busts since 1999
By Greg Newland
Biggest busts in Cleveland Browns history: 13. Montario Hardesty
Montario Hardesty had one breakout season for the University of Tennessee but was constantly limited by injuries. Why was anyone surprised he tore his ACL in the preseason of 2010 and was never able to get on the field? The second round is far too early to draft a one-year breakout running back with known health issues. In two years, Hardesty totaled 537 yards and 1 TD, not exactly what you are looking for in a second-round pick.
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Biggest busts in Cleveland Browns history: 12. Kamerion Wimbley
From the moment Kamerion Wimbley was drafted he was always a “reach”. He was at the beginning of the speed edge rusher era, and no team could ever have enough. Wimbley’s stats were not what led him to this category, in his rookie year he had 11 sacks and 62 tackles. However, after a stellar rookie year, it was only downhill. In his next 3 seasons with the Browns, he never had more than 6.5 sacks and became a liability against the run. Not Wimbley’s fault the Browns reach on an edge rusher, but another early-round miss for the Browns.
Biggest busts in Cleveland Browns history: 11. Antonio Callaway
Antonio Callaway fits the mold perfectly for a John Dorsey pick; great talent, great speed, but a bit of a troubled past. It was well known that Callaway came with baggage when drafted, if not he would likely have been taken in the first round. While Callaway flashed at times, he could never get out of his own way, and eventually had to be cut for failing yet another drug test. Crazy to think a guy with as much talent as Callaway is now playing in the XFL, making 10% of his value if he could keep his head on straight.