5. Braylon Edwards – Wide Receiver
Michigan wide-receiving product Braylon Edwards starts the list at number five. While Edwards 2007 season was as good as any receiver in recent history for the Browns, he did have mild success before, and after, which kept him lower on the list.
The last winning season and only 10-win season since the return in 1999 came in 2007 when the Browns went 10-6 but missed the playoffs because of the AFC South getting both wildcard slots. If the Browns would have beaten the 7-9 Cincinnati Bengals in Week 16, the Browns would have earned a playoff berth.
In the 2007 season, Edwards was a machine for the Browns and was a huge threat in the red zone. Edwards had 1,289 receiving yards and was second in the NFL with 16 receiving touchdowns. Unfortunately, these stats weren’t enough to get the Browns in the playoffs, and Edwards was never able to repeat the success again.
Edwards was the third overall pick in 2005 and only had 12 total touchdowns with the Browns in his other four seasons besides 2007. Edwards did eclipse 800 receiving yards in 2006 and 2008 but was known to have far too many drops.
After being traded to the New York Jets in 2009, Edwards really bounced around the league after one average year in 2009. In a 10-year career, 23 percent of his receiving yards and 40 percent of his receiving touchdowns came in the 2007 season. What a blast to watch, but too bad it couldn’t continue.