The team sent their first-round pick to Houston for quarterback Deshaun Watson. Considering the number of picks the Browns gave up in the trade, it is highly unlikely they get back into the opening round.
But that doesn’t mean it’s not fun to reminisce about first-rounders of drafts’ past.
Here’s a look back at the Browns’ first-round selections since 2010:
2021: 26th overall: Greg Newsome II, cornerback, Northwestern
During his rookie season with the Browns, he played in 12 games and logged 30 solo tackles. He’s got a four-year deal with Cleveland.
2020: 10th overall: Jedrick Wills, offensive tackle, Alabama
Wills was one of the top-rated offensive tackles in a draft class deep at the position. He immediately stepped into a starting role on the offensive line, making the switch from right to left tackle.
He got rookie of the week honors in 2020 and was named to the PFWA’s 2020 NFL All-Rookie team.
2018: 1st overall: Baker Mayfield, quarterback, Oklahoma
He’s played in 60 games for Cleveland and led the Browns to their first playoff win since Jan. 1. 1995. Last season, he struggled through a shoulder injury and the offense had trouble gaining momentum.
The Browns acquired quarterback Deshaun Watson and Jacoby Brissett to be the backup. General manager Andrew Berry would not say if he’s received any offers for Mayfield.
4th overall: Denzel Ward, cornerback, Ohio State
Ward is a two-time Pro Bowler. He recently signed a five-year deal with the Browns worth more than $100 million. That makes him the highest-paid CB in NFL history.
2017: 1st overall: Myles Garrett, defensive end, Texas A&M
Garrett isn’t just a defensive end. He’s THE defensive end. He’s also a three-time Pro Bowler, fan favorite and helps lead the NFL Waterboys program, dedicated to providing access to clean drinking water.
In 2021, he broke the Browns record for most sacks in a single season.
25th overall: Jabrill Peppers, safety, Michigan
Peppers was mostly a return man for the Browns before he was traded to the Giants in a deal that brought Odell Beckham Jr. to Cleveland. OBJ is now with the Rams and Peppers is now with the Patriots.
29th overall: David Njoku, tight end, Miami
Njoku had a strong second season, but dealt with injuries over the next two years. It looked like his time in Cleveland was coming to an end when he requested a trade. Things have turned around and in March, the Browns placed a franchise tag on the TE.
2016: 15th overall: Corey Coleman, wide receiver, Baylor
Coleman suffered two broken hands while with Cleveland before he was traded to the Bills in 2018.
Since then, he’s played with the Patriots and the Giants. He’s suspended for the first part of the 2021 season for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. He’s now with the Chiefs.
2015: 12th overall: Danny Shelton, defensive tackle, Washington
The Browns traded Shelton to the Patriots in 2018. He also played with the Lions before joining the Giants. He signed a one-year deal with New York in 2021.
19th overall: Cameron Erving, center, Florida State
Erving was moved to center, where he struggled. He was traded to the Chiefs. They declined his option in 2020. He signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys. In 2021, he joined the Panthers.
2014: 8th overall: Justin Gilbert, cornerback, Oklahoma State
The top-rated prospect didn’t produce in Cleveland. He was dealt to Pittsburgh in 2018 for a sixth-round draft pick. He was released in 2017 and later suspended for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
22nd overall: Johnny Manziel, quarterback, Texas A&M
Where to begin with Johnny Football? To call the former Heisman Trophy winner’s stint in Cleveland tumultuous would be an understatement. He started his first game as a rookie, but wasn’t named the starting QB until the following year.
There was also a not-so-secret trip to Las Vegas and allegations he assaulted his then-girlfriend. The Browns released him in 2016. He played in the Canadian Football League, the Alliance of American Football and Fan Controlled Football.
He’s currently listed as a member of the FCF Zappers.
2013: 6th overall: Barkevious Mingo, outside linebacker, LSU
Mingo appeared in New England’s Super Bowl win in 2017. He played with the Colts, Seahawks, Texans and Bears. He was a member of the Falcons practice squad in 2021.
2012: 3rd overall: Trent Richardson, running back, Alabama
Richardson was a consistent running back his rookie season. He played in two games with the Browns the following year before he was traded to the Colts for a 2014 first-round pick in a surprising trade.
He played with the Raiders and the Ravens before moving to the Canadian Football League. Last year, he signed with the Caudillos de Chihuahua of Mexico of the Futbol Americano de Mexico.
22nd overall: Brandon Weeden, quarterback, Oklahoma State
Weeden was a minor league baseball player before enrolling at Oklahoma State and playing football. He became the oldest player selected in the first round of the draft at the age of 28.
Weeden was named the starting quarterback his rookie year. He lost the job mid-season in 2013 to Brian Hoyer. He was later a member of the Cowboys, Texans and Titans. He last played in 2018.
2011: 21st overall: Phil Taylor, defensive tackle, Baylor
Taylor had his best NFL season as a rookie. He was released in 2015. He played with Washington before retiring in 2019.
2010: 7th overall: Joe Haden, cornerback, Florida
Haden, well-liked by fans, was with the Browns from 2010 to 2016. During that time, he was selected to two Pro Bowls. While his play appeared to be on the decline, he was snatched up by the Steelers after being released in 2017. He became a three-time Pro Bowler in 2019. He remains with Pittsburgh.