Leading up to the NFL Draft, I’m going to looking back at the Browns draft history based on the picks they currently hold in the 2017 Draft.
Today we’ll look at the 33rd pick, the first pick of the second round. Cleveland has held that pick two times before, drafting two players who were quality starters during their careers.
1960-DB Ross Fichtner, Purdue
Fichtner was the quarterback at Purdue, succeeding Hall of Famer Len Dawson. He was drafted by the Browns in the third round of the 1960 NFL Draft to be a cornerback and it paid off.
He spent eight seasons with Cleveland, and had 27 career interceptions, all of which were in Cleveland. His best seasons came in 1962 and 1966 where he had 7 and 8 interceptions in each season.
He was voted a second team All-NFL player by the Associated Press and the NY Daily News in 1966.
2001-WR Quincy Morgan, Kansas St.
Morgan became the only Kansas St. Wildcat receiver to have consecutive 1,000 yard seasons. The Browns selected him at the top of the second round over Miami’s Chad Johnson who went on to have a Hall of Fame career.
Morgan’s best season came in 2002 when he caught 56 passes for 964 yards and seven touchdowns. Other than that he was an average third receiver during his three and a half seasons in Cleveland.
They traded him to Dallas in 2004 and he spent time in Pittsburgh and Denver before retiring in 2006.