The worst enabler of that awful record was a man who got promoted after helping draft Barkevious Mingo No. 6 overall: Ray Farmer.
Farmer wasn’t a general manager for long, but his impact left a crater in an already barren landscape. He contributed to, or made, five first-round picks in three years as an executive in Cleveland. Four of them combined to start 44 games with the Browns — as many as the fifth, nose tackle (and Patriots buy-low trade target) Danny Shelton. None are still on the roster.
Between 2000 and 2014 — allowing the last crop of draftees four seasons to make an impact — 115 players have come into the league as first-round picks and spent just two years or less as NFL starters. Unsurprisingly, no team has had more busts than the Browns, who had seven:
If you expand the scope of our bust data to 2015, you’ll even find an eighth — current Chiefs rotational lineman Cameron Erving. This is a tremendous accomplishment of failure, especially considering 37 percent of those busts were quarterbacks. Cleveland more than doubled the NFL average in draft busts from 2000-2014.
It’s not exactly scathing, but it’s much different than the diplomatic answer NFL players usually give. Even NFL Network’s Michael Irvin — a former player who retired almost 20 years ago and has no reason to hold his tongue — didn’t want to cause any rifts when he gave his opinions of the Top 100. He said that about six of the 16 quarterbacks of the list didn’t deserve to be there, but didn’t want to say any names and step on their moment.
Ramsey doesn’t mind stepping on anyone’s moment.
But hold up, did he just say it wasn’t like Garoppolo was just dicing the Jaguars up? The 49ers won that game, 44-33. It was the most points the usually dominant Jacksonville defense gave up all year. Garoppolo threw two touchdowns and ran in for a third.
Aunt Carol isn’t just a former employee — she earned that ring by contributing to the Eagles’ Super Bowl run this offseason. In a profile on Doug Pederson written by Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, the Eagles coach credited the longtime administrative assistant for inspiring the team’s 41-yard flea flicker touchdown pass from Nick Foles to Torrey Smith in the NFC Championship.