I’ll admit that I had an ulterior motive when I set about putting together the list of the best Browns since 1999. It was spawned from a conversation with a friend where we decided to figure out if the best Browns since 1999 could field a team that would be favored year-in and year-out over the typical competition in the AFC North. We both decided that if this magical team, across time and space, could be formed that they probably would be favored, but not by nearly as much as they should. Additionally, I don’t believe they would go undefeated by any stretch.
Anyway, here are some facts from the data on the players Browns fans chose as the best. Not heavy on conclusions today, but I thought maybe we could work on them together. I’ll just start spitting out things that I noticed from looking at the data points. It is kind of a mess right now, but here it is anyway.
In the end we picked a total of 55 players for our depth chart.
3 Special Teams (one is Cribbs who is also a WR)
|Offensive Line||Joe Thomas|
|Wide Receivers||Kevin Johnson|
|Tight Ends||Kellen Winslow|
|Running Back||Peyton Hillis|
|Defensive Line||Jabaal Sheard|
|Special Teams||Dave Zastudil|
31 of those players or 56.4% were drafted by the Browns. ***
17 of the overall best players or 31% are currently with the team.
11 of those 17 that are currently with the team were drafted by the Browns.
Only 3 out of the 8 linebackers chosen were drafted by the Browns.
3 out of the 4 safeties selected were drafted by the Browns.
5 out of the 6 corners selected were drafted by the Browns.
5 out of the 6 wide receivers were drafted by the Browns.
Only Jerome Harrison was drafted by the Browns among the running backs.
The top ten players from the list by number of games played…
The lowest number of games played for people on the list…
The number of games played for current players…
And that’s it for now. The data is there. Trying to make sense of it and come to a conclusion other than the fact that the Browns haven’t been truly consistent or great at accumulating top-level talent is difficult. Show me what you can do.
*** Undrafted free agents who started their rookie years with the Browns were considered “drafted” even though they weren’t actually picked on draft day. Reason being that these players feel much more like draft picks than traditional free agents.