Cleveland Browns: 20 best draft day steals of all-time
Cleveland Browns best NFL Draft steals of all time: 15. Anthony Henry
Had Anthony Henry stayed with the Browns longer than four seasons, he easily could have been much higher on this list, but he was still quite a steal for Cleveland considering he was the 97th player taken in the 2001 NFL Draft.
While he didn’t last with the Browns due to the contract demand he had in the open market, Henry ended up having a better career than some players drafted before him at the same position.
It could be argued he was better than Willie Middlebrooks, who was off the board at No. 24 thanks to the Denver Broncos, Gary Baxter, who went to the Baltimore Ravens at No. 62, and Eric Kelly, who was the 69th overall pick courtesy of the Minnesota Vikings.
Henry started just two games as a rookie for the Browns, but made the most out of his snaps, as he had a league-leading 10 interceptions to go along with his 17 pass defenses and 54 tackles. He then moved into the starting lineup in his second season where he continued to shine.
While Henry was a good all-around cornerback, he was exceptional at taking the ball away. In his four seasons with the Browns, he had 247 tackles, 17 interceptions and three forced fumbles. His play was good enough to merit a five-year, $25 million deal from the Dallas Cowboys.
The USF product continued to be a ball hawk for Dallas, recording 12 more picks in his four seasons there — with six picks in 2007 being his high with Dallas. Henry played one more season with the Detroit Lions following his stint with Dallas and hung up his cleats after that.