It’s not often the Cleveland Browns select a player in the NFL Draft who turns out to be anything better than mediocre.
When this rare occasion does happen, the Browns always find a way to screw it up.
Two such examples are playing in the AFC Championship Game.
T.J. Ward and Jabaal Sheard.
Ward is 29 years old, in his sixth season in the NFL. The strong safety was selected 38th overall in the 2nd round of the 2010 NFL Draft out of the University of Oregon.
Ward played four seasons in Cleveland from 2010-2013, collecting 248 tackles in 54 games. He has been named to the Pro Bowl twice, once as a member of the Browns, and once as a Denver Bronco.
One year after the Browns drafted Ward, they selected Sheard in the 2nd round of the 2011 NFL Draft with the 37th pick overall out of the University of Pittsburgh.
The defensive end played four seasons in Cleveland before signing with the New England Patriots in March of 2015.
In four seasons, Sheard amassed 23 sacks in 61 games with the Browns. In Sheard’s first season with the Patriots, he collected eight sacks and forced four fumbles.
One of these two players will be playing in Super Bowl 50 for a chance to win a ring that they would have never dreamed of in Cleveland. Good luck to them. If you need any more evidence of the ineptitude that has existed in Berea for so long, watch the AFC Championship Game, where two of Cleveland’s best draft picks of the last five years are making game-changing plays.