Despite an excruciating loss to the Ravens on Monday Night Football, the 2-9 Cleveland Browns dropped from No. 1 to No. 2 in the 2016 NFL Draft order, thanks to the Tennessee Titans.
The 2-9 Titans, following a 24-21 loss to the Raiders, obtain the top spot by virtue of the first tiebreaker, strength of schedule. In case of a tie, the team with the lower strength of schedule (SOS) picks first.
In this instance, the Titans have a .511 SOS, while the Browns have a .517 SOS, according to SB Nation's Dan Kadar. In other words, the Browns sit at No. 2 because of a few percentage points. As Ryan McCrystal illustrated, it's very close:
If Browns and Titans lose out, it's anyones guess who gets No. 1 pick.. Titans opponents are 90-86, Browns 91-85.. Will come down to Week 17— Ryan McCrystal (@Ryan_McCrystal) December 1, 2015
For the record, the next tiebreakers are conference and division records. If everything is equal, a coin flip at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine in February will break the tie.
The Browns have not selected No. 2 in the expansion era. The team has only selected second once in club history -- in 1991. The Browns drafted Eric Turner, a safety out of UCLA.
Turner enjoyed a nice 9-year NFL career, including five seasons with the Browns from 1991-95. The Ventura, California native reached the Pro Bowl twice and earned All-Pro status in 1994. Turner finished his Cleveland career with 484 tackles and 17 interceptions in 60 games.
Hopefully the Browns can find a player of Turner's caliber in the 2016 NFL Draft.