Cleveland Browns Draft Success #9: Kevin Johnson

This is where I wonder if things will get interesting in terms of the reaction I get. For me, I felt Kevin Johnson deserved a spot on this list. When you look back at all of the receivers the Browns have drafted in 1999, it was the very first one they took (Johnson) who performed the best. He was taken with the 32nd overall pick in 1999, which in that year was the first pick of the second round.

Coming to an expansion team sets the bar low for rookies, but Johnson somehow managed to have almost 1,000 yards receiving and 8 touchdowns in his first season. I will always cherish the fact that he was on the receiving end of the Hail Mary touchdown thrown by Tim Couch against the New Orleans Saints that year, giving the team their first expansion-era victory.

Johnson was not a one-hit wonder. Two years later, he had over 1,000 yards receiving to go along with 9 touchdowns. In 2002, his statistics dropped a little bit, but they were still pretty good considering the team had four plug-and-play receivers. He had 4 catches for 140 yards in the Browns' lone playoff game since 1999.

Johnson was known for having pretty good hands (at least better than the Quincy Morgan's and Braylon Edwards' of the world), and there didn't seem to be any character issues from him. During his reign in Cleveland, I always got the sense that he was a veteran, a presence that was necessary for a young club back then.


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