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Tuesday, July 15, 2008
AFC North: Revisiting the Browns' 2005 draft

By James Walker

Posted by's James Walker

This is the first of a three-day series examining drafts for each AFC North team over the past three years. Grades are based on performance, where players were picked (too high, too low) and whether they remain with their original team.

Here is a look at the Browns' 2005 draft:

Cleveland Browns: 2005 Draft
1.3Braylon EdwardsWRMichigan
2.34Brodney PoolDBOklahoma
3.67Charlie FryeQBAkron
4.103Antonio PerkinsDBOklahoma
5.139David McMillanLBKansas
6.176Nick SpeegleLBNew Mexico
6.203Andrew HoffmanDTVirginia
7.217Jon DunnTVirginia Tech

Analysis: The first draft of the Phil Savage-Romeo Crennel era is littered with misses. However, the team did well in the first two rounds with receiver Braylon Edwards and safety Brodney Pool. Both are starters, and Edwards ascended to a Pro Bowl level with a big year in 2007. Pool, meanwhile, is a decent starting safety with room to grow. Charlie Frye had a chance to be the starting quarterback but failed in Cleveland. He's currently a backup with the Seattle Seahawks. David McMillan has been a three-year contributor on special teams, which isn't bad for a fifth-rounder. Antonio Perkins, Nick Speegle, Andrew Hoffman and Jon Dunn are no longer in the NFL.

Grade: C-

Next is a look at the Pittsburgh Steelers.