The Worst of the Worst: Biggest Cleveland Browns draft-busts since 1999
By Greg Newland
Biggest busts in Cleveland Browns history: 10. Shon Coleman
Some may argue Shon Coleman shouldn’t be this low on the list, but I remember this pick well. This was one of the best “discount picks” Cleveland ever got! Coleman was a projected 1st rounder that the Browns landed in the third round because of a knee injury. Coleman would miss his entire rookie season to rehab an injured knee, but would eventually start all 16 games in 2017 racking up 13 total penalties. Before the 2018 season, the Browns would trade Coleman to the 49ers for a 7th round pick, where he has seen limited action.
Biggest busts in Cleveland Browns history: 9. DeShone Kizer
No. 9 is generous for DeShone Kizer, I gave him a slight pass because he did give us 1 great season with Damarious Randall, which was probably the best trade by the Browns since 1999. Kizer blew Brown’s fans away in the pre-season, running around, extending plays and completing deep passes. What did that turn into for the regular season? 38 sacks, 22 INTs, 6 lost fumbles and 0 wins. After a miserable season, the Browns swapped 4th rounders and Damarious Randall in exchange for Kizer who has only appeared in 3 games since.
Biggest busts in Cleveland Browns history: 8. Cameron Erving
Full disclosure, I was never a fan of Cam Erving. I remember going to games watching him play right guard and thinking it looked like he was on roller skates. The Florida State big man was never able to get comfortable in Cleveland, constantly switching positions, but always giving up pressures and sacks. What’s most frustrating about Erving you ask? He started 21 games for the Kansas City Chiefs at left guard in 2018 & 2019 and now has a Super Bowl ring in his collection. Just goes to show you what change can do for a young player.