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Browns draft rewind: Reviewing the 4th and 22nd selections of past drafts

Apr 11, 2012 -- 2:15pm

By Tony Grossi


Extra Points …

The lowdown: The Browns own a league-high 13 picks in the April 26-28 draft. Today we introduce a feature borrowed from Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork. com.

We will review the Browns’ position in each round.

The Browns’ selections are:

First round – Fourth overall and 22nd

Second round – 37th

Third round – 67th

Fourth round – 100th, 118th

Fifth round – 139th, 160th

Sixth round – 204th (compensatory), 205th (comp)

Seventh round – 211th, 245th (comp), 247th (comp)

The fourth pick, last five years

2011: WR A.J. Green, Bengals

2010: OT Trent Williams, Redskins

2009: LB Aaron Curry, Seahawks

2008: RB Darren McFadden, Raiders

2007: DE Gaines Adams, Buccaneers

Analysis: Green established himself quickly his rookie year as a special wideout. He hurt the Browns with play-of-the-game catches in both meetings. Williams has made 23 starts at left tackle in his two seasons, but was suspended the last four games last year for violations of the league substance abuse policy.  Injuries have caused McFadden to miss 19 games in four years. He has one 1,000-yard rushing season and has averaged over 5.2 yards a carry the past two years. Curry was surprisingly traded to Oakland last year for a seventh-round pick in 2012 and a conditional pick in ’13. Adams died in 2010 from a heart condition.

Past Browns picks at No. 4

1962: WR Gary Collins, Maryland

Analysis: One of the franchise’s all-time greats, he caught three TDs in the Browns’ last NFL championship game in 1964. He’s just as proud of doubling as the team’s punter for six seasons and leading the NFL with a 46.7-yard average in 1965.

The 22nd pick, last five years

2011: OT Anthony Castonzo, Colts

2010: WR Demaryius Thomas, Broncos

2009: WR Percy Harvin, Vikings

2008: RB Felix Jones, Cowboys

2007: QB Brady Quinn, Browns

Analysis: Castonzo struggled through 12 starts, allowing six sacks, and missed four games with a high ankle sprain. Thomas has 54 catches and six TDs in two seasons. He’s coming into his own just as Peyton Manning joins the Broncos. In three years, Harvin has averaged 72 catches and six TDs and another 195 yards as a runner. In four seasons, Jones played second fiddle in the Cowboys backfield and never rushed for more than 800 yards or scored more than three TDs. Quinn is now with his third team (Chiefs) in six years.

Past Browns picks at No. 22

2007: Quinn, Notre Dame

1981: CB Hanford Dixon, Southern Mississippi

1973: OT Pete Adams, Southern California

Analysis: Quinn regressed in each of his three seasons in Cleveland. Dixon was one of the cornerstones of the Browns’ five consecutive playoff teams, a three-time Pro Bowl selection. Adams was drafted to supplant Doug Dieken at left tackle, but was moved to left guard and suffered four injury-plagued seasons.

Tony Grossi covers the Browns for ESPN 850 WKNR, ESPN 1540 KNR2 and www.espncleveland.com.

He has covered the Browns with distinction since 1984 and is one of 44 voters for the National Football League Hall of Fame. Email your “Hey Tony” questions to tgrossi@espncleveland.com

Follow Tony on Twitter @tonygrossi

 

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