clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

2016 NFL Draft Order: Browns Back to No. 1

A small bit of good news for Browns fans.

Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

A silver lining does exist amidst the Cleveland Browns' woes.

Following an atrocious 37-3 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, the Browns stand atop the 2016 NFL Draft order, according to SB Nation's Dan Kadar.

The Browns own the league's worst record at 2-10, standing alone as the NFL's only two-win team. The Browns also own a high strength of schedule (SOS) percentage of .531, second highest in the NFL, which is actually a bad thing. Sure, it's a small moral victory that the Browns have a tough schedule. But SOS is the first tiebreaker for the draft order.

The Tennessee Titans and San Diego Chargers sit closely behind the Browns at 3-9, reinforcing the Browns' need to keep losing to maintain possession of the top pick.

With upcoming games against the 49ers, Seahawks, Chiefs, and Steelers, such a task shouldn't be so difficult.

As I wrote a few weeks ago, the Browns have chosen No. 1 just twice since 1999. The Browns selected quarterback Tim Couch with the first pick in 1999 and defensive end Courtney Brown in 2000. Couch notched a 22-37 record as a starter in Cleveland, throwing for 11,131 yards, 64 touchdowns, and 67 interceptions. Brown played 47 games in five seasons as a Cleveland Brown, tabbing 155 tackles and 19 sacks.

Prior to 1999, the Browns only owned the top pick once, way back in 1954. The club chose quarterback Bobby Garrett, a Stanford product who never played a down for the Browns. Garrett finished his NFL career with just 143 yards and one interception for the Packers.

Now that the college football season has ended, with the exception of bowl games and Army-Navy, who would you select at No. 1 overall? Let your opinion be known in the comments section below.