Leading up to the NFL Draft, I’m going to be looking back at the draft history of the Browns based on what picks they hold in on the 2017 draft.
Today, we’re going to look at the 12th pick. The Browns have held that pick four times previously and have had success twice with that pick.
1952-QB Harry Agganis, Boston University
Agganis was the first All-American football player out of Boston University. He also played basketball and baseball during his his time in college.
In the early 1950s, Browns head coach Paul Brown was trying to find the heir to then quarterback Otto Graham. They selected Agganis and offered him a $25,000 bonus to come to Cleveland.
The Boston Red Sox came in and made him a larger offer for Agganis to play baseball. Agganis took it and never played for the Browns.
Agganis played two seasons with Boston until he suffered a pulmonary embolism which killed him at the age of 27.
1954-OT John Bauer, Illinois
Bauer was one of two first round picks for the Browns in 1954, the other being first overall pick Bobby Garrett.
Neither would play a snap for the Cleveland Browns.
Bauer along with Garrett were traded to the Green Bay Packers before the 1954 season. Bauer later got traded to the New York Giants.
He played only in two career games in a backup role.
1978-LB Clay Matthews, USC
One of the best linebackers to ever put on an NFL uniform. Clay Matthews Jr. was one the Browns two first round selections in the 1978 draft. The other was Ozzie Newsome.
Matthews spent 16 seasons with the Cleveland Browns (1978-1993) and was selected to all four of his Pro Bowl appearances as a member of the Browns.
He made the Pro Football Hall of Fame semi-finalist list this past year and it’s crazy that he’s not already in.
His legacy is still carried on today as his son, Clay III is playing for the Green Bay Packers and his other son Casey spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles.
278 games played
1,595 total tackles
27 forced fumbles
14 fumble recoveries
2 defensive touchdowns
2015-DT Danny Shelton, Washington
The Browns run defense has been atrocious since the franchise’s return in 1999.
In one of only his few good selections as a general manager, Ray Farmer looked to improve the run defense with this pick.
Selecting the 6’2, 343 pound defensive tackle out of Washington. Shelton was looked at as one of the safe picks in the 2015 draft.
He immediately started from the get go in Cleveland. Struggling his rookie year, he rebounded with a strong 2016 campaign with 59 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Shelton is one of the cornerstones on the defensive side for the future along with defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah and linebacker Jamie Collins.