Danny Shelton latest first-round pick to bust for Browns

10 Picks from 2009-2015 gone

Daryl Ruiter
March 10, 2018 - 5:53 pm
Oct 9, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns nose tackle Danny Shelton (55) before the game against the New England Patriots at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Patriots won 33-13. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports


Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The trade of Danny Shelton cleared the decks of former general manager Ray Farmer’s 4 first-round picks.

It also completed the wipeout of the Browns’ entire cache of first-round picks selected between 2009-2015.

And Corey Coleman – their first-round pick in 2016 – could be next to go.

Here’s the official 10-man body count with how and when they met their demise in Cleveland:

2009 No. 21 Alex Mack – signed with Atlanta as free agent, March 2016; 3x Pro Bowler 2010 No. 7 Joe Haden – released, August 2017; 2x Pro Bowler 2011 No. 21 Phil Taylor – released, September 2015 2012 No. 3 Trent Richardson – traded to Indianapolis, September 2013 2012 No. 22 Brandon Weeden – released, March 2014 2013 No. 6 Barkevious Mingo – traded to New England, August 2016 2014 No. 8 Justin Gilbert – traded to Pittsburgh, September 2016 2014 No. 22 Johnny Manziel – released, March 2016 2015 No. 12 Danny Shelton – traded to New England, March 2018 2015 No. 19 Cameron Erving – traded to Kansas City, August 2017

Taylor and Weeden were part of the proceeds from the 2011 trade out of No. 6, handing Julio Jones to the Falcons while Gilbert and Erving were part of the proceeds from trading out of No. 4 in 2014 and the chance to land Khalil Mack, who went a pick later to Oakland fifth.

Over those 10 picks only 2 turned into Pro Bowl talent, 4 were released, 5 were traded and 1 left on their own to sign elsewhere as a free agent.

Maybe John Dorsey will have better luck in the first round in April. Then again, he can’t do much worse.