The Disappointment Zone

Musings from a Cleveland sports fan

Cleveland Browns notes

Posted by disappointmentzone on 29 August 2007

Peter King has released his list of the best 500 players in football, ranked 1-500. Nine Browns make the list, or 1.8% of all players in the top 500. Considering that there are 32 teams in the NFL, the Browns are considerably under represented, especially were the talent equally distributed across the league, which it clearly is not. General Managers matter, it seems, although I’ve yet to run a regression on players in the top 500 and wins, which I probably won’t do.

Given the Browns’ record last season no one should be too surprised by the lack of Browns players in King’s top 500. The bright side is that five of the nine players are Savage draft picks and two of the first three Browns on the list are first overall picks, which is quite a change from the recent past (Tim Couch anyone?). Another encouraging sign is that the old man on the list is Jamal Lewis, who’s signed to a cheap one-year contract and who is only 28 and who Peter King is very high on this season. Everyone else on the list was born in the 1980s. Oh, and seven of the nine were Browns picks, which lends the list a nice Cleveland Indians-like charm, what with the homegrown talent and all.

81. Kamerion Wimbley, LB.

139. Eric Steinbach, G.

170. Joe Thomas, T.

176. Jamal Lewis, RB.

178. Leigh Bodden, CB.

189. Kellen Winslow, TE.

318. Braylon Edwards, WR.

361. Brady Quinn, QB.

456. D’Qwell Jackson, LB.

Meanwhile, fellow SI scribe Don Banks has the Browns finishing in the cellar of the AFC North.

ESPN.com has also posted its preview of the Browns, which is about what you’d expect. Browns will finish fourth; Wimbley is underrated talent; Browns finally drafting well. In the only interesting part of the preview they have Bengals DT John Thorton assess Eric Steinbach. Thorton says that Steinbach actually weighs about 270 (not the 295 he’s listed at), is the best pulling guard in the NFL, and wears the arm brace to make opponents think he’s vulnerable and breaking down physically, which Thorton adamantly says is not the case.

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