The Browns drafted 11 players in the 2012 draft. Only 4 of those players are still on the team. Our number 3 overall pick was used on running back Trent Richardson. The number 22 overall pick was used on QB Brandon Weeden. Weeden was the bane of my existence and made watching Browns games a terrible experience for Browns fans and an enjoyable experience for the opposing teams and their fans. Anyways, lets take a look at who we drafted.

1st Round (3rd overall): Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

I was so excited when this happened. I thought we had a long term solution at the running back solution. In his rookie year, he ran for 950 yards and averaged 3.6 yards per carry. Oh, he also had 11 touchdowns runs. He also had 367 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown. The future looked so bright. After 2 games in his second year, he had ran 31 times for 105 yards. He was averaging 3.4 yards per carry. All of a sudden, Trent Richardson was traded to the Colts for a 1st round pick and a 4th round pick. I HATED the trade at the time. However, for the rest of the year Richardson only averaged 2.9 yards per carry and ran for 3 touchdowns. We got the better end of the trade, as of now.

Grade: B

1st Round (22nd overall): Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma St.

Oh boy. Brandon Weeden. I didn’t see it coming. I was pretty happy with Colt McCoy at the time. I thought McCoy had showed signs of development and could have a good 3rd year. But we chose to replace McCoy. With Weeden. Weeden was 28 years old when we drafted him and I was very unhappy with the pick. I still can’t believe we did it. Weeden played dreadfully in his rookie season and still managed to start in the season opener of his second season. He was also very injury prone and very interception prone. The Weeden pick was not a good one. A waste of a first rounder.

Grade: F

2nd Round (37th pick): Mitchell Schwartz, OL, California

Schwartz was a projected 3rd round pick, but apparently the Browns liked him too much to risk losing him. He started every game his rookie year and all 1,064 snaps. He only missed 2 snaps in his second year. I like Schwartz and I think he could turn into a very good lineman. He was often compared to Joe Thomas, and I could definitely understand it. I think Schwartz could definitely be with us long term. He is one of the 4 players drafted this year, still on the Browns.

Grade: A-

3rd Round (87 overall): John Hughes, DT, Cincinnati

Hughes is another one of the players still on the Browns roster. Hughes has played in 31 games in his first 2 years. During those two years, Hughes has recorded 33 total tackles and 4 sacks. Hughes’ main role was as a backup and he played the part fairly well. Hughes could definitely be a good player and could be very valuable to keep around.

Grade: C+

4th Round (100th overall): Travis Benjamin, WR, Miami (FL)

Benjamin is a very quick, talented receiver. He can play WR in the slot and also return kickoffs and punts. Benjamin was one of the most exciting players on the Browns last year. He ended up tearing his ACL. He has played in 22 games and has 403 receiving yards and 2 receiving TDs in his career. He has returned 2 punts for touchdowns and his longest punt return was 93 yards. His longest kick return was 86 yards. I am very excited to see Benjamin get back on the field and improve. He is also still on the Browns roster.

Grade: B+

4th Round, 5th Round, and 6th Round (120th overall, 160th overall, and 204th overall): James-Michael Johnson, LB, Nevada, Ryan Miller, G, Colorado, and Emmanuel Acho, LB, Texas

These three players are all not on the Browns roster anymore. James-Michael Johnson had 20 tackles in his rookie year and is now playing for the Chiefs. Ryan Miller played in 8 games his rookie year and is now a member of the Denver Broncos. Acho never played in a game for the Browns and is now a member of the Eagles. None of these players were incredibly productive or impressive during their rookie year. Johnson played okay, and the other two didn’t play much at all.

Grade: D+

6th Round (205th overall): Billy Winn, DL, Boise St.

I think Winn is a bright spot in this draft. Through his 2 seasons, he recorded 37 total tackles, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, 3 pass deflections, and an interception. I personally believe this pick was a major steal and I really like Billy Winn.

Grade: A-

7th Round (245th overall and 247th overall): Trevin Wade, CB, Arizona and Brad Smelley, FB-TE, Alabama

Trevin Wade had 12 tackles and a pass deflection in his rookie year. He is now a member of the Saints. Brad Smelley had 1 reception for 3 yards in his rookie year and is now a member of the Texans.

Grade: D

This draft provided the Browns with a few good pieces but ultimately the draft this year was disappointing. Schwartz, Benjamin, and Winn are all good pieces and I am glad we acquired them. If I were to give this draft an overall grade, it would be a D+ . The 7 players who are no longer Browns really weighed this draft class down. The 4 players that are still on the roster have a lot of potential to develop into good players.

-Alex Kirby (@CST_AlexK)

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