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Make a Mistake with the 26th Overall Pick
As the Cleveland Browns begin their annual rebuild on the shores of Lake Erie, the team would appear in position for a quick turnaround. After all, the Browns have no fewer than five picks in the first three rounds in May.
With that said, though, it would be a lot easier to have some optimism regarding that turnaround if the Browns had a better track record of using such picks wisely.
Two years ago, they had a pair of first-round picks. They used those picks on running back Trent Richardson and quarterback Brandon Weeden.
We know how that turned out.
Back in 2007, the Browns, after selecting tackle Joe Thomas third overall, traded up to make a second pick in the first round. That second pick was quarterback Brady Quinn.
Granted, the present regime in Cleveland is different from the one that selected Richardson and Weeden. It's brand new, in fact, because on Tuesday, as Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated reports, Cleveland owner Jimmy Haslam shockingly fired team president Joe Banner and general manager Mike Lombardi.
Of course, the 2012 regime was also different from the 2007 group, and that didn't stop the team from botching things.
The fourth overall pick is almost mistake-proof, as whether the Browns take a top quarterback or Jadeveon Clowney, it shouldn't be panned by many draftniks.
That leaves the 26th pick as the team's best chance to make its fans cry...again.