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The 10 best picks at No. 1, No. 12 over the past 20 years
April 25, 2017 07:27 PM | Andrew Gribble


A look back at the past 20 years shows the Browns are in great position to add quality players to the roster with their two picks in the first round.

Here's a look at the 10 best players selected No. 1 since 1997 and the 10 best at No. 12.



No. 1

OT Orlando Pace (St. Louis Rams, 1997) - He made seven Pro Bowls and played for more than a decade as one of the game's best left tackles. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

QB Peyton Manning (Indianapolis Colts, 1998) - The two-time Super Bowl champion finished his prolific career with the most passing yards in league history.

QB Michael Vick (Atlanta Falcons, 2001) - The four-time Pro Bowler was one of the league's most electric players in the early 2000s. He played his last football in 2015 with the Steelers.

QB Carson Palmer (Cincinnati Bengals, 2003) - He's racked up more than 44,000 passing yards with three different teams. He recorded one of his best seasons at the age of 35 in 2015 with the Cardinals.

QB Eli Manning (San Diego Chargers, 2004) - His time with San Diego lasted just a few minutes but he's been a rock for the Giants, whom he led to two Super Bowl victories.

DE Mario Williams (Houston Texans, 2006) - The four-time Pro Bowler is closing in on 100 career sacks as he enters his 12th season.

OT Jake Long (Miami Dolphins, 2008) - The four-time Pro Bowler recently announced his retirement to conclude a career that was marred by injuries during the second half of it.

QB Cameron Newton (Carolina Panthers, 2011) - In six seasons, he's already collected an MVP award and led his team to the Super Bowl.

QB Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts, 2012) - He made the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons before dealing with injuries in the past two.

DE Jadeveon Clowney (Houston Texans, 2014) - After struggling with injuries in his first two seasons, Clowney emerged as one of the league's best pass rushers.



No. 12

RB Warrick Dunn (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1997) - He split his 12 seasons in half, spending six in Tampa before joining the Falcons. He cleared 10,000 yards and had 105 touchdowns.

LB Keith Brooking (Atlanta Falcons, 1998) - Over 14 seasons, Brooking made the Pro Bowl five times and never missed a game from 2001-2012.

DE Shaun Ellis (New York Jets, 2000) - He started 166 games, made two Pro Bowls and finished his career with 73.5 sacks.

LB Jonathan Vilma (New York Jets, 2004) - He made a Pro Bowl with the Jets before thriving with the Saints for the final six years of his career.

LB Shawne Merriman (San Diego Chargers, 2005) - His career was short-lived but he was an absolute star from 2005-07. He accumulated almost all of his 45.5 sacks during that time period.

DT Haloti Ngata (Baltimore Ravens, 2006) - Entering his 12th season, Ngata was one of the league's top nose tackles for a decade.

RB Marshawn Lynch (Buffalo Bills, 2007) - Like Vilma, Lynch played his best football with his second team, compiling the majority of his 9,112 rushing yards and 83 touchdowns with the Seahawks.

OT Ryan Clady (Denver Broncos, 2008) - His seven seasons with the Broncos included four Pro Bowl appearances.

DT Fletcher Cox (Philadelphia Eagles, 2012) - The Eagles rewarded him handsomely with a lucrative contract after an impressive start to his career.

WR Odell Beckham Jr. (New York Giants, 2014) - One of the flashiest playmakers in the NFL has already racked up 4,122 yards, 35 touchdowns and three Pro Bowl trips in his first three seasons.

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