My guidelines for the re-draft
- I stay with the picks they selected, it means that trades that happened in the actual draft will stay in place.
- If I pick a new player, it’ll be within ten picks of the Browns pick. I’ve seen re-drafts on the internet where Russell Wilson was the 1st pick in the 2012 draft when he was the 75th pick in the actual draft. I’m not going crazy revisionist history just picking players that were in the range of their original pick.
And now the 2013 NFL Re-Draft for the Cleveland Browns
Sixth overall pick: DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri (originally drafted 13th overall by the New York Jets)
Original pick: DE Barkevious Mingo, LSU
In what was an overall bad draft class, Mingo seemed like a project pass rusher that then defensive coordinator Ray Horton could mold into something. Despite his small 240 pound frame, Mingo could fly with his 4.5 speed.
Mingo had just seven sacks in his three year tenure with the Browns. He was traded to New England last preseason where he didn’t contribute much but won a Super Bowl. He signed with Indianapolis in free agency.
Sheldon Richardson is one of the few bright spots from the 2013 class. Despite some off the field troubles, he has some talent. He was the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2013 and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2014. He has 18 career sacks, five forced fumbles and also has two rushing touchdowns.
No pick in second round
68th overall pick: CB Tyrann Mathieu, LSU (originally selected 69th overall pick by Arizona)
Original pick: CB Leon McFadden, San Diego State
Still one of the biggest head scratchers in NFL Draft history. Joe Banner and Michael Lombardi drafted Leon McFadden in the third round of the 2013 draft. He was basically an unknown to many of the Browns writers and analysts when they drafted him. Clearly they saw something in him but four years later, I still don’t know what.
He lasted one season in Cleveland before a new regime came and shipped him out. He’s still in the league and has spent time with the New York Jets, San Francisco, Arizona, New York Giants, and is now currently with Dallas.
Despite his off the field issues at LSU, everyone could see Mathieu aka “The Honey Badger” had NFL talent but was a risk to draft. Arizona took their chance in the third round and it’s paid off.
Even with injuries, Matthieu has been a pretty good defensive back alongside Patrick Peterson. 34 career pass deflections and nine career interceptions in four seasons, a Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection has cemented his spot for the time being in the NFL.
No picks in the Fourth and Fifth Round
175th overall pick: RB Latavius Murray, UCF (originally picked 181st overall by Oakland)
Original pick: S Jamoris Slaughter, Notre Dame
Slaughter never played in an NFL game, he spent the 2013 season on the Browns practice squad. He was waived by the team in June of 2014 and has been out of football since.
Murray earned his opportunity after sitting behind Darren McFadden. When McFadden went down with an injury, Murray stepped in and showed how dynamic he was as a runner and as a pass catcher. In three seasons, he’s rushed for 2,278 yards, 639 receiving yards and twenty touchdowns.
Murray was selected to the Pro Bowl following his 1,066 yard season in 2015.
Murray signed with the Minnesota Vikings earlier this offseason.
217th overall pick: DE Armonty Bryant, East Central (OK)
It’s pretty bad when your seventh round pick has had a better career than your first round pick in this draft.
Despite some marijuana issues in college, the Browns took a chance on the pass rusher. He was then arrested after the draft for a DUI leaving the media and fans questioning the pick.
In a limited role with the Browns and Lions, Bryant has shown his talent with 11.5 career sacks and three forced fumbles. He was cut by Cleveland in October of 2016, Detroit claimed him and gave him an opportunity. Bryant re-signed with Detroit this past offseason.
227th overall pick: WR Marquess Wilson, Washington State (originally picked 236th overall by Chicago)
Original pick: OL Garrett Gilkey, Charon State
Now I have a soft spot for Gilkey. I met him at training camp in 2013 and he autographed my Browns hat, he looked at me and noticed I was waiting patiently and he respected that and was a great dude for it.
He only spent one season with Cleveland and went on to Tampa for two years before a knee injury stopped his NFL career.
Wilson hasn’t been a very productive NFL career so far but has shown flashes. With great size at 6’4 and his 4.5 speed would make any NFL team take a look. Problem is he hasn’t been able to stay healthy.
His best season was in 2015 with 28 catches for 464 yards and a touchdown. He is currently a free agent.
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