Browns Draft Recap: Evaluating the 6th round from this decade

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The 2021 NFL draft is in the books and there is a ton of excitement surrounding the addition of sixth-round selection, Demetric Felton. The former UCLA offensive weapon was viewed as a steal when the Cleveland Browns snagged him at No. 211, but before we get too excited, let’s explore how sixth-round selections have fared in Cleveland.

We are going to dive into the last 10 sixth-round selections the Cleveland Browns have made and determine whether or not they were true difference makers — like many on Twitter are suggesting Felton may turn out to be. The following is a rundown of what Cleveland has done:

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Donovan Peoples-Jones: 2020

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It is still too early to tell, but all signs point to Donovan Peoples-Jones being an absolute steal in the sixth round. Although not a regular starter, Peoples-Jones made an impact as evidenced by his game-winning touchdown reception against the Cincinnati Bengals. https://twitter.com/RotoSurgeon/status/1392963086554857472

Drew Forbes: 2019

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There was a bit of excitement surrounding the player once known as "Prospect X". Drew Forbes was once seen as the most overlooked prospect in the class, but he has not played a snap due to a knee injury in 2019 and opting out in 2020. https://twitter.com/Hottest_TakePod/status/1288573310327042052

Damion Ratley: 2018

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After entering the league just four years ago, Damion Ratley is already on his fourth team. Ratley was an odd selection for Cleveland in 2018 as the speed demon was fairly ineffective at Texas A&M and was just as below average in Cleveland. He was released in 2020 and has spent time with the New York Giants, Houston Texans and is now with the Detroit Lions. https://twitter.com/thelionswire/status/1375061912963190787

Simeon Thomas: 2018

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Another reach even for the sixth round, Simeon Thomas was released by the Cleveland Browns before the start of his rookie season. He has since spent time with the Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Redskins/Football Team. https://twitter.com/ian_cummings_9/status/1171475584263700480

Caleb Brantley: 2017

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The Caleb Brantley selection was a big swing as he had some early-round buzz before being criminally investigated. The charges were eventually dropped, but Brantley failed to make an impact and was released in 2018. He is now with the Washington Football Team. https://twitter.com/FredGreetham/status/1159594363015651329

Charles Gaines: 2015

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Charles Gaines was released after one season in Cleveland and spent time with the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars before being out of the league by the start of the 2018 season.

Malcolm Johnson: 2015

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Malcolm Johnson was a tight end from Mississippi State, but the Browns decided to utilize Johnson as a fullback for two seasons and he even earned a few starts during his time in Cleveland. Johnson was cut midway through 2016 and has since spent time with the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers. Johnson was out of the league after the 2019 season.

Randall Telfer: 2015

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Randall Telfer fell to the sixth round largely due to injuries that occurred during his days at USC. He never seemed to get healthy in Cleveland and was actually traded to Kansas City before failing a physical, which resulted in Cleveland releasing Telfer before the 2018 season. He failed another physical with the Indianapolis Colts in 2018 before announcing his retirement. https://twitter.com/ScottPetrak/status/992508664757047297

Jamoris Slaughter: 2013

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A former five-star recruit, Jamoris Slaughter didn't live up to the hype at Notre Dame and was a large disappointment for Cleveland as well. Slaughter spent his rookie season on the practice squad and was released before the 2014 season. https://twitter.com/ByNateUlrich/status/476102895926923265

Emmanuel Acho: 2012

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Emmanuel Acho didn't play a snap for Cleveland and was actually traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for Dion Lewis. He also spent time with the New York Giants and again the Eagles until calling it quits before the 2016 season. At this point, Acho is more well known for hosting the Bachelor than playing football. https://twitter.com/monstersandcrit/status/1391747587594670087

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