Jeff Hunter, a contributor over at Buffalo Rumblings, posted an infographic on NFL draft pick retention for each team from 2001-2016. We know the Cleveland Browns have been pretty terrible with their picks over the years, but with every team listed and the color indicators, it’s very easy to compare just how good or bad teams were during certain stretches.
The Browns and Jaguars are the only two teams who do not have a single draft pick on their current roster from the 2011-2013 seasons. During that stretch, the 25 picks who are no longer with the Browns include:
Phil Taylor, Jabaal Sheard, Greg Little, Jordan Cameron, Owen Marecic, Buster Skrine, Jason Pinkston, Eric Hagg, Trent Richardson, Brandon Weeden, Mitchell Schwartz, John Hughes, Travis Benjamin, James-Michael Johnson, Ryan Miller, Emmanuel Acho, Billy Winn, Trevin Wade, Brad Smelley, Barkevious Mingo, Leon McFadden, Jamoris Slaughter, Armonty Bryant, and Garrett Gilkey.
Incredible. The Browns are also well below average in 2014 and 2015. It’s too early to make much of a judgment on 2016, but we can only hope the trend bucks for Cleveland. Looking at the total time span from 2011-2016, the Browns have a retention rate of just 39.3%. Four teams are worse: the Bills (34.8%), Colts (37.2%), Seahawks (38.6%), and Titans (38.8%).