Browns Draft History: #52 Pick

Leading up to the NFL Draft, I’ll be looking back at past draft picks for the Browns, based on what picks they currently hold in the 2017 Draft.

Today, we look at the 52nd pick. The Browns have held this pick five times previously.

1950-C Bob Wilson, Wisconsin 

Never played an NFL game after the Browns selected him in the fourth round. He opted to play baseball instead, spending ten years in the major leagues with the White Sox, Tigers and Indians. 

1957-DT Henry Jordan, Virginia

The Browns drafted him in the fifth round out of Virginia. He spent two seasons with Cleveland until they traded him to the Green Bay Packers for a fourth round pick. 

Jordan went to four Pro Bowls, named to the All-Pro team seven times and won five NFL championships and two Super Bowls with the Packers. 

Jordan tragically passed away in 1977 from a heart attack after jogging at the age of 42. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995. 

Career stats

1 interception

21 fumble recoveries

1 defensive touchdown

1992-WR Patrick Rowe, San Diego St.

A second round pick under Bill Belichick. Rowe only spent two seasons in the NFL, both with the Browns.

Career stats

5 career games

3 receptions

37 receiving yards

2003-LB Chaun Thompson, West Texas A&M

A second round pick under Butch Davis, Thompson was a  rotation linebacker for the Browns during his five years here.

His best season came in 2005 when he started 15 games and had 83 total tackles, 5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a recovery.

He spent two seasons in Houston before retiring after the 2009 season.

Career stats 

98 games (30 starts) 

230 total tackles

11.5 sacks

2 forced fumbles

2 fumble recovery 

2009-LB David Veikune, Hawaii

One of three second round picks in the 2009 draft, Veikune lasted just one season with the Browns. He played in ten games his rookie season but didn’t record a tackle or any statistic.

He was waived by the Browns before the 2010 season and he spent time in Denver that season.

He’s since spent time in the CFL and was last seen with the Los Angeles Kiss in the Arena Football League.

Career stats

14 games

5 total tackles


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