History of Cleveland Browns First-Round NFL Draft Picks All Time

    The Cleveland Browns' first-round NFL Draft pick history is incredibly tumultuous, but the high points, such as Joe Thomas and Myles Garrett, invite hope.

    Few teams’ first-round NFL Draft pick histories have been more well-documented than the Cleveland Browns in the modern era. Whether successes or failures, the Browns’ selections always draw attention, as the NFL patiently waits for Cleveland to become a football mainstay once again. Here’s a look at the Browns’ performance in Round 1 over the years.

    Cleveland Browns First-Round Draft Picks Throughout History

    Heading into the 2023 NFL Draft cycle, the Browns’ first-round NFL Draft pick history only contained five Hall of Fame selections, the most notable among them being the late Jim Brown. In the 2023 Hall of Fame class, however, a sixth player was added: Offensive tackle Joe Thomas.

    Although the Browns sustained little to no team success during Thomas’ career, he was an iron man who started all 16 games for 10 years straight from 2007 to 2016. A dominant technician and athlete all in one, Thomas earned 10 Pro Bowl and six All-Pro bids, and rightfully gained his golden jacket.

    In the most recent decade, Myles Garrett — who was Cleveland’s first overall selection in 2017 — has the best chance of eventually becoming a Hall of Famer. In six years, he already has two All-Pro and four Pro Bowl bids, with 74.5 sacks over that span.

    2024

    • Traded the 23rd pick to the Minnesota Vikings

    2023

    • Traded the 12th pick to the Houston Texans

    2022

    • Traded the 13th pick to the Houston Texans

    2021

    • Greg Newsome II | Pick 26
      CB, Northwestern

    2020

    • Jedrick Wills Jr. | Pick 10
      OT, Alabama

    2019

    • Traded the 17th pick to the New York Giants

    2018

    • Baker Mayfield | Pick 1
      QB, Oklahoma
    • Denzel Ward | Pick 4
      CB Ohio State

    2017

    • Myles Garrett | Pick 1
      DE, Texas A&M
    • Jabrill Peppers | Pick 25
      S, Michigan
    • David Njoku | Pick 29
      TE, Miami (FL)

    2016

    • Corey Coleman | Pick 15
      WR, Baylor

    2015

    • Danny Shelton | Pick 12
      DT, Washington
    • Cameron Erving | Pick 19
      C, Florida State

    2014

    • Justin Gilbert | Pick 8
      CB, Oklahoma State
    • Johnny Manziel | Pick 22
      QB, Texas A&M

    2013

    • Barkevious Mingo | Pick 6
      OLB, LSU

    2012

    • Trent Richardson | Pick 3
      RB, Alabama
    • Brandon Weeden | Pick 22
      QB, Oklahoma State

    2011

    • Phil Taylor | Pick 21
      DT, Baylor

    2010

    • Joe Haden | Pick 7
      CB, Florida

    2009

    • Alex Mack | Pick 21
      C, California

    2008

    • Traded the 22nd pick to the Dallas Cowboys

    2007

    • Joe Thomas* | Pick 3
      OT, Wisconsin
    • Brady Quinn | Pick 22
      QB, Notre Dame

    2006

    • Kamerion Wimbley | Pick 13
      LB, Florida State

    2005

    • Braylon Edwards | Pick 3
      WR, Michigan

    2004

    • Kellen Winslow II | Pick 6
      TE, Miami (FL)

    2003

    • Jeff Faine | Pick 21
      C, Notre Dame

    2002

    • William Green | Pick 16
      RB, Boston College

    2001

    • Gerard Warren | Pick 3
      DT, Florida

    2000

    • Courtney Brown | Pick 1
      DE, Penn State

    1999

    • Tim Couch | Pick 1
      QB, Kentucky

    1996-1998

    • No team in Cleveland from 1996-1998

    1995

    • Craig Powell | Pick 30
      LB, Ohio State

    1994

    • Antonio Langham | Pick 9
      CB, Alabama
    • Derrick Alexander | Pick 29
      WR, Michigan

    1993

    • Steve Everitt | Pick 14
      C, Michigan

    1992

    • Tommy Vardell | Pick 9
      FB, Stanford

    1991

    • Eric Turner | Pick 2
      DB, UCLA

    1990

    • Traded the 18th pick to the Green Bay Packers

    1989

    • Eric Metcalf | Pick 13
      RB/WR, Texas

    1988

    • Clifford Charlton | Pick 21
      LB, Florida

    1987

    • Mike Junkin | Pick 5
      LB, Duke

    1986

    • Traded the 20th pick to the Buffalo Bills

    1985

    • Traded the seventh pick to the Green Bay Packers

    1984

    • Don Rogers | Pick 18
      S, UCLA

    1983

    • Traded the 14th pick to the Buffalo Bills

    1982

    • Chip Banks | Pick 3
      LB, USC

    1981

    • Hanford Dixon | Pick 22
      CB, Southern Miss

    1980

    • Charles White | Pick 27
      RB, USC

    1979

    • Willis Adams | Pick 20
      WR, Houston

    1978

    • Clay Matthews | Pick 12
      LB, USC
    • Ozzie Newsome* | Pick 23
      TE, Alabama

    1977

    • Robert Jackson | Pick 17
      LB, Texas A&M

    1976

    • Mike Pruitt | Pick 7
      FB, Purdue

    1975

    • Mack Mitchell | Pick 5
      DL, Houston

    1974

    • Traded the 15th pick to the San Diego Chargers

    1973

    • Steven Holden | Pick 16
      WR, Arizona State
    • Pete Adams | Pick 22
      G, USC

    1972

    • Thom Darden | Pick 18
      DB, Michigan

    1971

    • Clarence Scott | Pick 14
      DB, Kansas

    1970

    • Mike Phipps | Pick 3
      QB, Purdue
    • Bob McKay | Pick 21
      OT, Texas

    1969

    • Ron Johnson | Pick 20
      RB, Michigan

    1968

    • Marvin Upshaw | Pick 21
      DL, Trinity

    1967

    • Bob Matheson | Pick 18
      LB, Duke

    1966

    • Milt Morin | Pick 14
      TE, Massachusetts

    1965

    • Traded the 13th pick to the San Francisco 49ers

    1964

    • Paul Warfield* | Pick 11
      WR, Ohio State

    1963

    • Tom Hutchinson | Pick 9
      WR, Kentucky

    1962

    • Gary Collins | Pick 4
      WR/P, Maryland
    • Leroy Jackson | Pick 11
      RB, Western Illinois

    1961

    • Bobby Crespino | Pick 10
      TE, Mississippi

    1960

    • Jim Houston | Pick 8
      DE/LB, Ohio State

    1959

    • Rich Kreitling | Pick 11
      WR, Illinois

    1958

    • Jim Shofner | Pick 13
      DB, TCU

    1957

    • Jim Brown* | Pick 6
      FB, Syracuse

    1956

    • Preston Carpenter | Pick 13
      E/RB/TE, Arkansas

    1955

    • Kurt Burris | Pick 13
      C, Oklahoma

    1954

    • Bobby Garrett | Pick 1
      QB, Stanford
    • John Bauer | Pick 12
      G/OT, Illinois

    1953

    • Doug Atkins* | Pick 11
      DE, Tennessee

    1952

    • Bert Rechichar | Pick 10
      DB/K, Tennessee
    • Harry Agganis | Pick 12
      QB, Boston

    1951

    • Kenny Konz | Pick 14
      DB, LSU

    1950

    • Ken Carpenter | Pick 13
      RB, Oregon State

    *Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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