By: Brendan Schick
Breaking News: The Buffalo Bills have acquired the Cleveland Browns’ 2016 first round pick, Corey Coleman in exchange for a…seventh round pick in 2020? ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the return for the 24 year-old receiver shortly after the news of the trade broke, and wow, that is some return! That was sarcasm for those who didn’t pick up on it. Cleveland stays king of failing in the draft and abandoning young players shortly into their miserable Browns career. Don’t believe me? Check this out. I compiled a list of every Browns first rounder from the year 2011 to the year 2016 with their tumultuous fate that they would meet only a few short years into their career.
Phil Taylor (DT): Released from the Browns in 2015
Trent Richardson (RB): Traded from the Browns to the Colts in 2013
Brandon Weeden (QB): Released from the Browns in 2014
Barkevious Mingo (OLB): Released from the Browns in 2016
Justin Gilbert (CB): Traded from the Browns to the Steelers in 2016
Johnny Manziel (QB): Released from the Browns in 2016
Danny Shelton (DT): Traded from the Browns to the Patriots in 2018
Cameron Erving (OL): Traded from the Browns to the Chiefs in 2017
Corey Coleman (WR): Traded from the Browns to the Bills in 2018
So, that equates to 9 first round picks from 2011-2016 for the Browns. Not one of those players remains on the team. Players like Trent Richardson and Johnny Manziel are some of the biggest professional busts in NFL history, frankly. It’s quite amazing to see how bad a team can be from top to bottom, and the winless team that took the field each week last year was a culmination of this horrendous drafting. So why did the Browns give up on Corey Coleman? Coleman broke his hand in 2016 and again in 2017 which limited him to only a few career games. But you cannot sit here and justify trading a former first round pick for a conditional seventh round pick only two years into his career. Giving up on young players is just something the Browns excel at. Playing competitive football and winning games is something they are not good at, however. If I’m Baker Mayfield, I’m on the phone with my agent right now discussing contingency plans because the Browns are probably already trying to find a future trade partner. If Coleman can return to form, he can immediately slot in as the Bills #1 receiver with a young QB at the helm in Josh Allen. The Browns are what we know they are. A circus, a rotting dumpster on fire, and a factory of sadness. Sorry, Cleveland!
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