The list of players the Browns could have drafted since 2010 is mindblowing

(Left to right) Rob Gronkowski, Odell Beckham Jr., Aaron Donald and Le'Veon Bell all could've been Browns.

The Cleveland Browns have been known to butcher a draft or two, or 10. Their list of first-round busts since 1999 is littered with names like Courtney Brown, Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden.

Looking back at the Browns’ most recent drafts prior to 2015 is enough to make any Cleveland fan’s head spin — not for their own terrible picks, but also for the players they could’ve had. While no one can blame the Browns for not selecting Antonio Brown in 2010 (after all, every NFL team passed on him at least a handful of times until Pittsburgh nabbed him in the sixth round), the talent that Cleveland missed out on from 2010 to 2014 is absolutely mindblowing.

Imagine a Browns team with Rob Gronkowski or Jimmy Graham at tight end with Odell Beckham and DeAndre Hopkins on the outside catching passes from Russell Wilson, who also has Le’Veon Bell lined up behind him in the backfield. Believe it or not, it could’ve been.

We’ll begin with the disaster that was the 2014 draft. Since it wouldn’t be fair to the Browns’ war rooms for not reaching for picks in later rounds, we’ll only count draftees that came off the board before the Browns’ next pick. Additionally, we’ll only focus on the first three rounds since the later rounds are virtually a crapshoot.


Factory of Sadness – 2014 Draft

When the Browns drafted… They could’ve drafted…
No. 8: Justin Gilbert, CB No. 12: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Giants
  No. 13: Aaron Donald, DT, Rams
  No. 15: Ryan Shazier, LB Steelers
  No. 16: Zack Martin, G, Cowboys
  No. 17: C.J. Mosley, LB, Ravens
No. 22 Johnny Manziel, QB No. 28: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Panthers

  No. 32: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Vikings
No. 35: Joel Bitonio, G No. 36, Derek Carr, QB, Raiders
  No. 42: Jordan Matthews, WR, Eagles
  No. 55: Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals
  No. 61: Allen Robinson, WR, Jaguars
  No. 63: Jarvis Landry, WR, Dolphins
No. 71: Christian Kirksey, LB No. 91: John Brown, WR, Cardinals
  No. 92: Trai Turner, G, Panthers
No. 94: Terrance West, RB No. 103: Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons
  No. 118: Martavis Bryant, WR, Steelers

As tempting as it would be to go back in time and select Beckham, the Browns would’ve been better off with Donald in the first round and either Allen Robinson or Jarvis Landry in the third round.


Factory of Sadness – 2013 Draft

When the Browns drafted… They could’ve drafted…
No. 6: Barkevious Mingo, OLB No. 13: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Jets
  No. 20: Kyle Long, G, Bears
  No. 21: Tyler Eifert, TE, Bengals
  No. 27: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans
No. 39: Josh Gordon, WR (2012 supplemental pick) No. 44: Kawann Short, DT, Panthers
  No. 48: Le’Veon Bell, RB, Steelers
  No. 61: Eddie Lacy, Packers
  No. 63: Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs
No. 68: Leon McFadden, CB No. 69: Tyrann Mathieu, DB, Cardinals
  No. 76: Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers
  No. 85: Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins

DeAndre Hopkins had a remarkable 2015 season, even with Brian Hoyer at quarterback. And wouldn’t it be great for Browns fans if Le’Veon Bell was in Cleveland instead of Pittsburgh? 


Factory of Sadness – 2012 Draft

When the Browns drafted… They could’ve drafted…
No. 3: Trent Richardson, RB No. 8: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Dolphins
  No. 9: Luke Kuechly, LB, Panthers
  No. 11: Dontari Poe, DT, Chiefs
  No. 12: Fletcher Cox, DT, Eagles
  No. 21: Chandler Jones, DE, Patriots
No. 22: Brandon Weeden, QB No. 24: David DeCastro, G, Steelers
  No. 29: Harrison Smith, S, Vikings
  No. 31: Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers
No. 37: Mitchell Schwartz, RT No. 45: Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears
  No. 47: Bobby Wagner, LB, Seahawks
  No. 58: Lavonte David, LB, Buccaneers
  No. 75: Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks
No. 87: John Hughes, DT No. 92: T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts
  No. 97: Lamar Miller, RB, Dolphins

How different would things be with Russell Wilson leading the way on offense and Luke Kuechly anchoring the defense?


Factory of Sadness – 2011 Draft

When the Browns drafted… They could’ve drafted…
No. 21: Phil Taylor, DT No. 24: Cameron Jordan, DE, Saints
  No. 27: Jimmy Smith, CB, Ravens
  No. 28: Mark Ingram, RB, Saints
  No. 30: Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, Jets
  No. 35: Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals
No. 37: Jabaal Sheard, LB No. 58: Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens
No. 59: Greg Little, WR No. 64: Randall Cobb, WR, Packers
  No. 70: Justin Houston, OLB, Chiefs
  No. 71: DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys
  No. 77: Jurrell Casey, DT, Titans

Justin Houston and Muhammad Wilkerson would’ve solved the Browns’ pass rush woes.


Factory of Sadness – 2010 Draft

When the Browns drafted… They could’ve drafted…
No. 7: Joe Haden No. 14: Earl Thomas, S, Seahawks
  No. 15: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, Giants
  No. 17: Mike Iupati, G, 49ers
  No. 18: Maurkice Pouncey, C, Steelers
  No. 22: Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos
  No. 24: Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys
No. 38: T.J. Ward, S No. 42: Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots
  No. 54: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Bengals
  No. 55: Sean Lee, LB, Cowboys
No. 59: Montario Hardesty, RB No. 60: Golden Tate, WR, Seahawks
  No. 82: Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Steelers
No. 85: Colt McCoy, QB No. 87: Eric Decker, WR, Broncos
  No. 91: NaVorro Bowman, LB, 49ers
No. 92: Shawn Lauvao, OT No. 95: Jimmy Graham, TE, Saints
  No. 100: Everson Griffen, DE, Vikings
  No. 120: Geno Atkins, DT, Bengals

Top-tier corners don’t grow on trees, so you can’t fault the selection of Haden here despite his disappointing 2015. Imagine if any team was smart enough to grab Gronk and Graham. The Patriots had the best shot, but they selected receiver Taylor Price five picks ahead of Graham, and then took Aaron Hernandez in the fourth round. 

The Browns’ record since 2010 is 28-68. If they hit on even 50 percent of their picks since then, they’d probably be a playoff team at minimum.