The Elite 8: Eight Late-Round and Undrafted Players Who Have Made a Big Impact for the Cleveland Browns
Much is made about the importance of drafting successfully in the first round. Those who stress the importance of being successful in the first round have a point. Most Browns fans cringe when they think about how much better the Browns would have been over the past few years if even just one or two of the Browns' first-round busts had lived up to their pre-draft billing.
Similarly, how would have the Browns' fortunes changed if they had selected other players in the first round? For example, I don't think that anyone except Gerard Warren and his agent would argue that hindsight shows the Browns should have drafted LaDainian Tomlinson instead of Gerard Warren.
This season, the Browns hold the sixth pick in the NFL Draft. Much speculation is being made about who the Browns will select, and strong arguments can be made for a number of different players on both sides of the ball.
Despite this emphasis on the first round, it is important to note that late-round and undrafted players have contributed much to the Browns' success in recent years.
Let's take a look at eight late-round and undrafted players who have made a major impact for the Browns in recent years. Although not every one of these players began their career with the Browns, every one of these players shows that every pick in the draft, from No.1 all the way down to Mr. Irrelevant, is important and can lead to a player who makes the difference between playing in the playoffs and watching them on television.