Defensive End Courtney Brown
We will have to turn back the record book a bit for this next disappointment. After the first year back in 1999, the Browns held the first pick once again in 2000 when they selected defensive end, Courtney Brown, from Penn State. To this day 20 years later, Brown holds the sack (33) and tackles for loss (70) record for the Nittany Lions.
Brown started out okay as a rookie, but still not up to number one overall selection expectations. In 2000, he had 69 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 16 starts. After that Brown’s career would be riddled with injuries and eventually force him out of the league.
In 2005 after five seasons with the Browns, Brown was a part of the trade with the Denver Broncos that basically swapped both team’s defensive lines. After one season, Brown would be forced out of the league. A man who had 33 sacks in a college career only had 19 total sacks in six years in the NFL.
Being an Ohio State fan made this bust even more difficult to swallow. While Brown was at Penn State you had to monitor him every play. If you lost track of him, he would blow a play up quickly. After the pain and suffering of watching him single-handedly beat the Buckeyes, there was hope he would do the same in Cleveland.