Cleveland Browns Draft History: Top 5 Blunders Since Their Return

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Cleveland Browns Draft History: Top 5 Blunders Since Their Return
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"Big Penny" short-changed all Browns faithful during his time in Cleveland.

The 2012 NFL Draft is just over three months away. In a couple of weeks every team will send their scouts, coaches, and other team personnel to Indianapolis for the NFL Combine. Here, the future stars of the of the league will showcase their talents and personalities.

As a Browns fan, you have to be extremely confident and happy that Tom Heckert is the General Manager. In the past two years, his top two picks have produced four starters. Heckert and the Browns selected Joe Haden and T.J. Ward in 2010. This past year, he chose Phil Taylor and Jabaal Sheard.

I'm comfortable that in this year's draft, Tom Heckert and Co. will again bring us three more starters to help the team, and most likely on the offensive side of the ball.

It's just too bad it had to take this long to start making progress. The following slides will show you just how bad the front office was over the past decade, up until 2010.

What if the Cleveland Browns had returned one year earlier in 1998? They could have easily ruined any chance Peyton Manning would have had at his Hall of Fame career. Based on what we know, the Cleveland Browns most likely would have chosen Ryan Leaf, thus not disabling anyone's chance of success other than their own.

After each slide, I've listed the hindsight 20/20 draft choice as well.

Let's relive the agony, shall we?

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