Top 5 Worst Draft Picks- Cleveland Browns
These guys were brought in to help the team win, but couldn't accomplish anything on the field. Today I rank the top five worst draft picks by the Cleveland Browns.
5. Brady Quinn
He couldn't do for Cleveland what he did for Notre Dame.
At Notre Dame, Brady Quinn rewrote the record book and made the Fighting Irish a force in college football again. In his four years in school, he set Notre Dame's all time passing yardage record and was the 2006 Maxwell Award winner and Heisman runner up.
Quinn was selected 22nd overall in 2007. While the team struck gold with Joe Thomas in the first round that same year, Quinn was a big disappointment. He started just 12 games for Cleveland over three seasons, wasting much of that time in a tedious quarterback controversy with Derek Anderson. Yet another dreadful example of the new Brown's inability to groom a young quarterback.
4. William Green
He was brought in to be the offense's workhorse but instead regressed each year.
In his two years as a starter at Boston College, William Green compiled over 2,700 yards rushing and 32 touchdowns. He was a first-team All-Big East Conference selection in 2000 and 2001, and was honored as the Big East Offensive Player of the Year in 2001.
Green was selected 16th overall in 2002. Despite some late season heroics during his rookie campaign, Green never materialized into a productive starter Cleveland had hoped. He is best remembered for his numerous off the field incidents. He rushed for just over 2,100 yards in his four years with the Browns.
3. Courtney Brown
"The Quiet Storm" was exactly that in Cleveland.
At Penn State, Courtney Brown helped keep the tradition of great Nittany Lions defense. He finished his college career with an NCAA record-breaking 33 quarterback sacks and 70 tackles for a loss and was the Big Ten defensive player of the year as a senior.
Brown was selected first overall in 2000. While he had a productive rookie season, the rest of his career was riddled with injuries. He racked up just 17 sacks in five seasons in Cleveland before landing with Denver in 2004.
2. Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden
These two were drafted in the same round, in the same year, and they both were big failures
At Alabama, Trent Richardson was praised as the next great Crimson Tide running back. In his one year as a starter, he ran for over 100 yards in nine games and helped Alabama win its second National Championship in three years.
At Oklahoma State, Brandon Weeden joined the football team after failing to make it in professional baseball. In his two years as a starter for the Cowboys, he set six school records including single season passing yards, total offense, and completion percentage.
Richardson was selected third overall in 2012 and Weeded was selected 22nd overall the same year. Both were out of Cleveland by the end of 2013. Richardson had a fairly productive rookie season, but was traded to Indianapolis two games into the 2013. Weeden struggled from the beginning, throwing four interceptions in his first game. In two years with Cleveland, he threw just 20 touchdowns next to 24 interceptions.
1. Tim Couch
He was brought in to be the face of the new Browns, but injuries and no talent around him kept him from being successful.
At the University of Kentucky, Tim Couch was named the starter mid way through his freshman year to lead the new pass-oriented "Air Raid" offense. In 1997, Couch set several school records as the previously anemic Kentucky offense topped national offensive rankings and finished 5-6 on the season. In 1998, he led the team to seven wins and a spot in the Outback Bowl. Couch's career totals at Kentucky included completing 795 of 1,184 passes for 8,435 yards and 74 touchdowns. He decided to forego his senior year and enter the NFL draft.
Couch was the first overall pick in 1999 by Cleveland in their first season returning to the league. He was joining a team that had been hastily assembled in the wake of the former Browns squad moving to Baltimore three years earlier. He spent five seasons as a starting quarterback for Cleveland which his performance ranged from leading the team to a playoff appearance, to boos and inconsistent play, which was partially a result of being constantly plagued by injuries. These injuries were due in turn to his exposure to pressure due to the expansion Browns inexperienced offensive line. In 2002, he threw for 2,842 yards and 18 touchdowns in leading the upstart Browns to a 9-7 record and a playoff appearance but broke his leg in the final game and backup Kelly Holcomb played through the playoffs. Holcomb then beat out Couch for the starting job the next offseason. He repeatedly tried to make comebacks but a shoulder injury he sustained in Cleveland prevented him from making a roster. In his career, he threw 64 touchdowns and 67 interceptions.