Cleveland Browns: Top 20 All-Time first-round draft picks

CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 25: Offensive lineman Joe Thomas #73 of the Cleveland Browns talks with teammates prior to a game against the Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 25, 2007 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns defeated the Texans 27-17. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 25: Offensive lineman Joe Thomas #73 of the Cleveland Browns talks with teammates prior to a game against the Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 25, 2007 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns defeated the Texans 27-17. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images) /
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Eric Metcalf, Cleveland Browns
Eric Metcalf, Cleveland Browns. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images) /

Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. 1989 (No.13). EricMetcalf. 11. player. RB/KR, Texas. 851

Cleveland Browns top first-round draft picks All-Time No. 11: Eric Metcalf, RB/KR, Texas

In 1989, the Browns used their first-round pick on a former track and field star who was also an All-American football player for the University of Texas. He was brought in to play running back and helped replace Earnest Byner, who ended up being teammates with Eric Metcalf in 1994 when Byner returned to Cleveland.

As a rookie, Metcalf showed off his versatility upon arrival. He rushed for 633 yards and six touchdowns but was just as dangerous catching the ball.

The speedy back had another 397 yards through the air and four more touchdowns off 54 receptions. He followed that up with another 57 receptions in 1990, but he had more than 100 fewer carries as the Browns began to use him more as a receiver and return man.

Metcalf became a prolific punt returner with 10 career touchdowns — five with the Browns — but in 1990 he was a star as a kick returner. He finished with 1,052 yards and his only two career kick return touchdowns that year for Cleveland.

By the time he left the Browns after the 1994 season, Metcalf had made two Pro Bowls and scored 33 total touchdowns. He also had 9,108 all-purpose yards as he proved to be a weapon in several facets of the game.

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