Superstar Player the Cleveland Browns Could Have Drafted in 2000
Cleveland yet again possessed the No. 1 overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft after going 2-14 in the franchise’s first year back in the league. The Browns drafted EDGE rusher, Courtney Brown, out of Penn State with that pick. One pick later, linebacker LaVar Arrington was selected by Washington, but that isn’t even the superstar player the Browns could have drafted.
That player would be linebacker Brian Urlacher, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018 after a brilliant 13-year career, spent all with the Bears. He was named the 2000 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and won the 2005 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He was a four-time First-Team All-Pro and a one-time Second-Team All-Pro selection, while also going to eight Pro Bowls. He was also named to the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team.
Much like quarterbacks, the Browns chose the wrong defensive player electing to draft Brown over Urlacher. Let this sink in; Cleveland had a chance to have both Urlacher and Champ Bailey on the same roster. That’s crazy to think about in hindsight.
For as great as Urlacher was in his career, there is another superstar player the Browns could have drafted from this draft class. Consider this a bonus pick, as I was mostly focusing on early-round picks. However, this one needed to be mentioned as he is considered the NFL GOAT and that would be one, Tom Brady.
Brady was infamously selected with the 199th overall pick by the New England Patriots, where he would go on to terrorize the league and is still going. The Browns stuck with their theme that has continued up until recently, as they drafted quarterback Spergon Wynn with the 183rd overall pick. You really can’t make this stuff up.