Out of the 11 players selected in the 2012 draft, only four remain with the Cleveland Browns. This was an absolute disaster of a draft for Tom Heckert.
And, no, I am not giving him credit for Josh Gordon in this draft because that was the supplemental draft and it is a completely different animal.
Trading up for running back Trent Richardson ended up being the worst move the Browns could have done. In fact, the only good part about drafting Richardson was that he was eventually traded for another first-round pick.
Brandon Weeden ended up being a “panicked disaster” just like Michael Lombardi said, per . Not only is he not the Browns franchise quarterback, but he is also a backup somewhere else after just two seasons.
On the positive side of things, John Hughes and Billy Winn have ended up being solid defensive linemen for the Browns. Mitchell Schwartz can still be a productive offensive lineman, but he needs to right the ship after a terrible sophomore campaign.
Travis Benjamin proved that he can be an elite returner in the NFL but will need to stay healthy. At such a small size (5’10”, 175 lbs), that is a lot to ask.
Even with those decent players, there is still probably not a Pro Bowl in sight for this group.