The 10 best draft choices by the Browns since 2000

Joe Thomas was named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first 10 seasons. - [Erik Drost / Flickr]
Joe Thomas was named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first 10 seasons. - [Erik Drost / Flickr]

While the Browns have gone through some awful times, Joe Thomas was a draft pick they could be proud of selecting.

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After looking at the best recent draft picks for 28 teams, it’s now time to look at the Browns, who have the 49th pick (traded their first-round choice in order to acquire Odell Beckham Jr.). Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports has them selecting safety Johnathan Abram out of Mississippi State with that pick.

The Browns’ struggles in the 21st century have been well-documented. They have only made the playoffs once since 2000, and they won a combined one game between the 2016 and 2017 seasons. During that time, though, they did draft one surefire Hall of Famer, and two recent number one picks have the potential to be the same.

Note: Only time with the Browns is considered for this list. Where they were drafted makes a difference - meaning this is not a top 10 list of players drafted by Cleveland. Players such as Denzel award and Nick Chubb likely will be included here after another season or two of productivity. Some late-round draft picks that didn’t quite make the list but had solid careers with the team include Buster Skrine (fifth round, 2011) and Travis Benjamin (fourth round, 2012).

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Joe Thomas, OT - first round, third overall (2007); time with Browns: 2007-2017

A likely future first-ballot Hall of Famer, Thomas was named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first 10 seasons. He was a six-time First Team All-Pro and started 167 games at left tackle in his career.

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Alex Mack, C - first round, 21st overall (2009); time with Browns: 2009-2015

Mack started all 16 games at center in six of his seven years with Cleveland. He made three Pro Bowls as a member of the team.

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