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Thursday, April 2, 2009
Cleveland's second-round success

By James Walker
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

This month the Cleveland Browns have two second-round picks for the first time since the 1999 NFL draft. These picks (No. 36 and 50 overall) will be key in how fast the Browns turn around the franchise.

Second-round picks are extremely valuable to NFL coaches and general managers, because the contracts are relatively cheap and the talent value remains high.

The Browns have a good track record in recent years of getting productive players in the second round, and new GM George Kokinis and coach Eric Mangini will try to continue that trend.

Cleveland's second-round picks since 2004
Year Player Statistics
2004 *Sean Jones 44 starts, 286 tackles, 14 interceptions
2005 Brodney Pool 39 starts, 225 tackles, seven interceptions
2006 D'Qwell Jackson 42 starts, 348 tackles, three sacks
2007 Eric Wright 29 starts, 142 tackles, four interceptions
2008 N/A
*Jones signed with the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason.