My guidelines for the re-draft:
- I stay with the picks they selected, it means that trades that happened in the actual draft will stay in place.
- If I pick a new player, it’ll be within ten picks of the Browns pick. I’ve seen re-drafts on the internet where Russell Wilson was the 1st pick in the 2012 draft when he was the 75th pick in the actual draft. I’m not going crazy revisionist history just picking players that were in the range of their original pick.
Let’s get things going
21st overall pick: DE Cameron Jordan, California (originally drafted 24th overall by New Orleans)
Original pick: DT Phil Taylor, Baylor
Taylor spent four years with Cleveland before being released in the 2015 preseason. When he played he was effective as a run stopper but had numerous injuries during his career. He recently signed a reserve/future contract with the Washington Redskins.
Cameron Jordan has become one of the underrated pass rushers in the NFL. Recording at least 7.5 sacks in every season since 2012, he’s the leader of the Saints defense and has made two trips to the Pro Bowl as a result of his play.
37th overall selection: DE Jabaal Sheard, Pittsburgh.
I stayed with Sheard at this pick because when looking who was drafted after him, Sheard was the best out of the bunch. Kyle Rudolph was available but since I drafted Jimmy Graham in the 2010 Re-draft, the Browns wouldn’t need a tight end in this situation.
Sheard excelled under the 4-3 defense his first two seasons in Cleveland with 15.5 sacks. Regime and defensive scheme changes in 2013 & 2014 saw a decline in his production. Sheard left for New England in 2015 where he racked up 13 sacks in two seasons and won a Super Bowl this past February.
Sheard cashed in with a 3 year/$25.5 million deal with the Colts.
59th overall pick: WR Randall Cobb, Kentucky (originally drafted 64th overall by Green Bay)
Original pick: WR Greg Little, North Carolina
Little showed promise his rookie season with 61 catches for 709 yards and two touchdowns. He followed it up in 2012 with 53 catches for 647 yards and four touchdowns. His last season with the Browns seen 41 catches for 465 yards and two touchdowns.
However, he was more known for his drops and poses mimicking the Olympian sprinter Usaib Bolt. He was last seen in Buffalo last preseason.
Randall Cobb landed in a perfect spot with the defending Super Bowl champion Packers in 2011. Since he’s been a solid target for Aaron Rodgers. With 366 catches for 4,488 yards and 40 total touchdowns, he’s one of the underrated playmakers in the NFL.
No picks in the third round
102nd overall selection: TE Jordan Cameron, USC
I kept the same selection as the Browns made in reality because once again looking at who was taken shortly after Cameron wasn’t worth making another pick.
Cameron was a basketball player at USC who caught 10 passes in his only season of football. His athleticism and potential caught the eye of the Browns and they took him and let him develop behind Benjamin Watson.
2013 was his breakout season with 80 catches, 917 yards and seven touchdowns which got him a Pro Bowl nod. 2014 was an injury plagued season and he only had 24 catches for 424 yards and two touchdowns. He left for Miami following that season but concussions derailed his career and he retired earlier this offseason.
124th overall selection: RB Bilal Powell, Louisville (Originally drafted 126th overall by New York Jets)
Original pick: FB Owen Marecic, Stanford
Owen Marecic was touted during the draft as this “badass” football player because he played both offense and defense, like they used to in the early years of the NFL. He most notably scored consecutive touchdowns in 13 seconds on a rushing touchdown and then a pick six.
He only lasted two seasons with the Browns and after being cut by the 49ers in 2013, he left football and is now preparing for medical school.
Powell has been a solid running back for the Jets. A dual threat as a runner and a pass catchers have made him a weapon for the Jets offense since being drafted. 2016 was his best season statiscally with 722 rushing yards, 388 receiving yards and four total touchdowns.
137th overall selection: OT Marcus Cannon, TCU (Originally drafted 138th overall by New England)
Original pick: CB Buster Skrine, Chattanooga
Skrine was a solid player during his four year run with Cleveland. He started off as a terrible corner but got better every year he was with the Browns. His last season in 2014 was his best with 18 passes defended and a career high four interceptions. He left the team for the Jets where he’s currently playing.
Cannon fought and beat cancer when the Patriots drafted him out of TCU in the fifth round. After being a reserve and spot starter during his first several seasons in the league, he finally got his opportunity to be a full time starting tackle in 2016. He was recognized as a second team All-Pro and helped lead the Patriots to a Super Bowl victory in February.
150th overall selection: CB Richard Sherman, Stanford (Originally drafted 154th overall by Seattle)
Original pick: OT Jason Pinkston, Pittsburgh
Pinkston transitioned to guard after Eric Steinbach went down with an injury. Starting all 16 games his rookie season, he was the starting guard in 2012 as well until an injury and a blood clot shut his season down. He returned and played in three games in 2013. Another blood clot forced Pinkston into retirement in 2014.
Richard Sherman is another one of those all time draft steal stories. He’s made NFL teams pay for passing up on him multiple times in the 2011 draft. Arguably one of, if not the best cornerback in football, Sherman has recorded 30 interceptions since the beginning of the 2011 season and has helped turn the Seahawks into one of the elite teams in all of football.
He’s also remembered for one of the most iconic and bizarre postgame interviews in sports history…
No picks in the sixth round
248th overall selection: CB Chris Harris Jr., Kansas (Originally undrafted)
Original pick: CB Eric Haag, Nebraska
Haag only spent two seasons with the Browns, his only two in football. He recorded 33 tackles and I can’t really recall anything from his Browns tenure. He retired from football in 2014.
Chris Harris Jr. wasn’t invited to the combine and he didn’t participate in a Pro Day during his draft process. Invited to the Denver Broncos training camp, he made the most of his opportunity and made the team.
Since then he’s become one of the top corners in football. With 14 career interceptions, 3 Pro Bowl selections and a spot on the All-Pro team in 2016, Harris has been one of many who’ve shown it doesn’t matter where you’re drafted or if you’re even drafted, as long as you make the most of an opportunity.