3 Biggest Cleveland Browns Draft Steals of the Last Decade
The Cleveland Browns hold seven picks in the 2020 NFL Draft, and after failing to live up to expectations last year, they're going to need to make the most of these selections.
While they haven't always fielded the most competitive teams over the last 10 years, they've had plenty of chances to find success is the draft, hitting on a few gems in the process.
With that in mind, let's look back at the Browns' biggest NFL Draft steals of the last decade.
3. Christian Kirksey, 2014 (No. 71 Overall)
Selected in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Christian Kirksey made an early impact in Cleveland, starting eight games in his rookie season. He didn't take over as a full-time starter until 2016, but he then started all 16 games in two consecutive seasons, racking up a combined 286 tackles, 6.0 sacks, 17 tackles for loss and 8 passes defended between 2016 and 2017. He spent the last two seasons banged up, though, and signed with the Green Bay Packers this offseason.
2. Joe Schobert, 2016 (No. 99 Overall)
Another linebacker that just signed elsewhere, Joe Schobert turned in an excellent four seasons on his rookie deal in Cleveland. Schobert piled up 408 tackles across four seasons (49 starts), and in 2019 he made some real strides in coverage, with career-best marks in both interceptions (4) and pass defenses (9). Cleveland may not get to continue reaping the benefits of stealing Schobert in the draft, but they have to feel good about the scouting process that led to landing Schobert in the fourth round.
1. Buster Skrine, 2011 (No. 137 Overall)
It's been a while since Buster Skrine last played for the Browns (2014), but he's put together a solid NFL career, starting a total of 89 games for three teams, showing the flexibility to play all over the secondary. Skrine has never really emerged as a star player, but getting a long-time NFL starter with a fifth-round draft pick is undeniably a big hit.
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