By Tony Grossi
Extra Points …
The lowdown: Continuing our series reviewing the Browns’ league-high 13 selections in the April 26-28 draft.
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 100th pick, past five years
2011: DB Da’Norris Searcy, Bills
2010: DE Everson Griffin, Vikings
2009: TE Travis Beckum, Giants
2008: DB Tyvon Branch, Raiders
2007: RB Michael Bush, Raiders
Analysis: Searcy started three of 16 games as a rookie safety for the Bills. Griffin recorded four sacks in 16 games as a situational rusher with the Vikings last year. In his third season, Beckum made some contributions in the postseason and then suffered a torn knee ligament in the Super Bowl. He has three TDs in three years. After his third straight season as Raiders’ starting strong safety and second as their leading tackler, Branch earned the club’s franchise tender, guaranteeing him about $6.2 million in 2012. Bush lasted this long in the draft because a broken leg shattered his final year at Louisville. After rushing for 977 yards in his fourth year, Bush signed a $14 million contract in free agency with the Bears.
Past Browns picks at No. 100
1973: QB Randolph Mattingly, Evansville
Analysis: Mattingly’s younger brother Don is the former New York Yankees great and current Los Angeles Dodgers manager. Mattingly did not stick with the Browns and finished his career in the Canadian Football League.
The 118th pick, past five years
2011: DB Jalil Brown, Chiefs
2010: TE Garrett Graham, Texans
2009: LB Stanley Arnoux, Saints
2008: LB Xavier Adibi, Texans
2007: WR Ryne Robinson, Panthers
Analysis: Brown played in 14 games on special teams as a rookie. In two years, Graham has one catch in seven games. Arnoux suffered Achilles tendon injuries in consecutive seasons and currently is unsigned. Adibi was claimed by the Vikings last year and is unsigned. Robinson was waived by the Panthers in 2009 and eventually was waived by a United Football League team.
Past Browns picks at No. 118
1974: DE Mark Ilgenfritz, Vanderbilt
1971: WR Stan Brown, Purdue
Analysis: Ilgenfritz spent one season on the Browns’ roster and had no tackles. Brown played one year and seven kickoff returns.
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