5 Best Cleveland Browns 5th-round picks since 1999
By Mitch Zoloty
The Cleveland Browns have had some decent luck in drafting players in the fifth round since 1999. Here’s a look at the top five fifth-round draft picks the Browns have taken since returning to the NFL.
The Cleveland Browns are a team known for being historically bad at drafting as of late. First-round busts are always the most notable selections. However, when taking a deeper look at the Browns draft classes, the team made up for bad first-round picks with good late-round picks in certain areas. The franchise has found a few key players with their late picks, specifically in the fifth round.
The greatest NFL teams are built through the draft, specifically on day three of the draft. Teams like the Seattle Seahawks have made great jumps, even winning a Super Bowl after selecting key defensive pieces like Richard Sherman, Byron Maxwell, and Malcolm Smith on day three in the draft.
Getting high-quality players on cheap contracts is the name of the game as an NFL GM, and the Browns have been surprisingly good at this. While they don’t have any picks like Tom Brady being taken in the sixth round of the draft, they still have had some good draft picks this late in the draft.
Surprisingly enough, there were so many names that I thought were deserving enough to be on this list that I was able to make an honorable mentions list featuring a few Browns players. Even though I felt like Mack Wilson and Austin Seibert have both been valuable picks in the 5th round so far, they have only been on the team for a year so I felt like it was too early to tell. With that being said, let’s take a look at a few of the guys on the honorable mentions list before we make our top five list.