The Browns have now bailed on 6 of their past 9 first-round picks
If you thought the Cleveland Browns’ draft history couldn’t get any more embarrassing, you were wrong.
Known for being one of the most dysfunctional organizations in the NFL — if not the most — the Browns always are awarded high first-round picks based on their awful records.
Of course, you’d think that with all of those high first-rounders, the team would have made some strides in the right direction by now, but it once again has found itself in the midst of another rebuild — the current one backed by new coach Hue Jackson and Executive Vice President Sashi Brown.
The most recent casualty of the Browns’ newest rebuild is cornerback Justin Gilbert, the No. 8 overall pick in 2014. Cleveland traded Gilbert to its in-division rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers, for a sixth-round pick in 2018, and that’s not the most surprising part of the deal.
With the trade of Gilbert, the Browns no longer have a single one of their six first-round picks drafted between 2011 and 2014.
Let’s take a look.
DT Phil Taylor (21st overall) — Released by Browns in 2015, cut by Broncos in 2016
RB Trent Richardson (3rd overall) — Traded to Colts in 2013, cut by Ravens in 2016
QB Brandon Weeden (22nd overall) — Released by Browns in 2014, currently backup for Texans
LB Barkevious Mingo (6th overall) — Traded to Patriots in 2016 for fifth-round pick
QB Johnny Manziel (22nd overall) — Released in 2016, currently a free agent
CB Justin Gilbert (8th overall) — Traded to Steelers in 2016 for fifth-round pick
The last first-round pick by the Browns that actually made an impact worthy of such a high selection was Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden, who was taken with the No. 7 pick in 2010.