5. Linebacker – Jamir Miller
The younger generation may not remember linebacker Jamir Miller who played for the Browns from 1999-2001. Miller was the 10th overall pick by the Arizona Cardinals in 1994 and had a solid five-year career before coming to play for the Browns. In five seasons Miller had 367 tackles as well as 13.5 sacks. In his final year with the Cardinals, Miller had his best season as a pro with 113 tackles and 3 sacks.
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In three years with the Browns, Miller was nothing short of phenomenal. With 85 plus tackles and 4.5 plus sacks in both 1999 and 2000, the Browns thought they had found the leader of their defense.
In 2001 Miller earned his first pro-bowl selection and was also selected as a first-team all-pro. In that season Milles was third in the league for tackles for loss (22), sixth in the league in sacks (13), and was fifth in the league with four forced fumbles. Let’s not forget he had 101 tackles on top of that.
While Miller was successful with the Browns, it felt like he was just reaching his potential. Then, in the 2002 preseason, Miller tore his Achilles tendon and would later be placed on injured reserved. The severity of the injury led to Miller being forced to retire after eight seasons.
While eight seasons is a longer career than most, it felt like Miller had just hit his peak. Although he only spent three seasons with the Browns, he is likely the biggest playmaker the Browns have had on their roster until drafting Myles Garrett. Not only did Miller deserve to win, if able to play, but he may also have been able to help turn the Browns around.