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MMQB All-Time NFL Draft: 24 Browns Selected

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This week, Peter King unveiled a project that had been two years in the making - a draft of all players who have ever played in the NFL, AFL or All-America Football Conference. He enlisted twelve highly revered football minds to participate in the event and set the following parameters for team composition:

  • 11 Offensive players
  • 11 Defensive players
  • 1 Kicker
  • 1 Punter
  • 1 Wild-card Player
  • 1 Coach

Draft order was random, and drawn from a hat. The participating general managers are, as shown on the MMQB Website:

• Ernie Accorsi, former GM of the Colts, Browns and Giants.

• Gil Brandt, father of modern football scouting. Has worked in NFL for the past 58 years.

• Joel Bussert, for 40 years the NFL’s vice president of player personnel.

• Dan Fouts, Hall of Fame quarterback, current Pro Football Hall of Fame voter.

• Rick Gosselin, longtime pro football columnist, and king of the mock draft.

• Joe Horrigan, Pro Football Hall of Fame executive vice president and chief archivist.

• Peter King, 33-year pro football writer, editor-in-chief of The MMQB and Hall of Fame voter.

• Bob McGinn, who just finished a 38-year run covering the Green Bay Packers.

• Bill Polian, six-time Executive of the Year and a Pro Football Hall of Fame GM.

• John Turney, editor of Pro Football Journal and respected football historian.

• Ron Wolf, architect of three NFL playoff teams, and Pro Football Hall of Fame GM.

• John Wooten, 10-year NFL guard, 23-year NFL scout, head of The Fritz Pollard Alliance.

The draft had several interesting twists and turns, including P Ray Guy being selected at #4 overall by Dan Fouts. Several Cleveland Browns were selected, including two (QB Otto Graham & RB Jim Brown) in the first round.

A complete summary of Browns players selected:

Browns All-Time NFL Selections

Name Draft Selection GM
Name Draft Selection GM
RB Jim Brown 6 Brandt
QB Otto Graham 10 Polian
RB Marion Motley 48 Accorsi
WR Paul Warfield 49 Bussert
DE Willie Davis 59 Wooten
DE Len Ford 60 Accorsi
LT Joe Thomas 69 King
DE Doug Atkins 114 Brandt
G Gene Hickerson 119 Wooten
G Joe DeLamielleure 165 King
T Mike McCormack 166 Polian
WR Mac Speedie 170 Wolf
T Lou Groza 176 Horrigan
TE Ozzie Newsome 179 Wooten
LB Bill Willis 239 Wooten
K/P Don Cockroft 251 Wooten
WR John Jefferson 256 Fouts
DE Rich "Tombstone" Jackson 257 Wolf
K Matt Stover 277 Bussert
P Andy Lee 285 King
P Horace Gillom 289 Bussert
WR Bobby Mitchell 298 Polian
Coach: Bill Belicheck 308 Turney
Coach: Paul Brown 310 Gosselin

Joe Thomas was the third active player selected. Overall, the 24 players or coaches who were at one point Browns were drafted.


Which Browns player was snubbed, and should have made the list?

This poll is closed

  • 5%
    Brian Sipe
    (10 votes)
  • 13%
    Hanford Dixon
    (24 votes)
  • 19%
    Dante Lavelli
    (34 votes)
  • 37%
    Leroy Kelly
    (65 votes)
  • 6%
    Frank Minnifield
    (12 votes)
  • 15%
    None - these players just don’t quite make the cut.
    (27 votes)
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