Kevin Johnson won this one, but it was close with Braylon Edwards. We all know that Edwards is a polarizing figure among Browns fans. He never lived up to the spot he was drafted by most accounts. His drops have become a favorite punchline. Still, there’s no doubting Edwards ability and some of the numbers he put up in Cleveland. Also, I’ve always stated how impressive it was for him to come back from his rookie year ACL injury as fast as he did. The numbers don’t lie though.
Kevin Johnson scored 1254 first place votes to Braylon Edwards’ 1086. Braylon Edwards had 729 second place votes to KJ’s 700. In addition, out of nearly 3500 respondents to the offense poll, 993 Browns fans left Braylon off completely, which in my mind seemed pretty spiteful and ridiculous.
Then I calculated the same for Kevin Johnson and 977 Browns fans passed over KJ. 1263 passed on Jurevicius. 1760 skipped Dennis Northcutt. 3304 skipped MoMass. 2505 skipped Greg Little. 2508 Skipped Josh Cribbs. Point being that even if Braylon’s unpopularity played a role in the results it was only a little bit.
When you add them all up, this is how they finished. Obviously Greg Little has a real chance to make a jump on this list in the future. Consider that Kevin Johnson had 66 receptions for 986 yards and 8 touchdowns in his rookie year before falling off in his sophomore campaign with 57 receptions for 669 yards and 0 TDs. Greg Little had a rookie season where he only started 12 games. He caught 61 receptions for 709 yards and 2 TDs.
That being said, this team must aspire to do better in the future acquiring wide receiver talent when Kevin Johnson is the best. That’s not to say I don’t like KJ because I remember him fondly. Let’s just say he isn’t headed for the hall of fame though.