Corey Coleman was the guy the Cleveland Browns selected over Carson Wentz in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Former Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown targeted the 2015 Biletnikoff winner over a potential franchise quarterback. Cleveland traded down twice in that draft before selecting the former Baylor Bear.
The plan was for Coleman to become a number one wide receiver after two years in the NFL. Well year three has arrived and that has not happened. 2018 was a do or die season for Coleman. If Coleman hopes to become the top wide receiver the Browns had envisioned two years ago, it won’t happen in a Browns uniform.
Cleveland is trading former first-round pick WR Corey Coleman to the Buffalo Bills for a draft pick, per source.
Coleman was the player the Browns selected after trading the No. 2 overall pick to Philadelphia so the Eagles could draft Carson Wentz.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 6, 2018
Certainly Coleman has been a bust in two seasons with the Browns. He’ll be remembered for thee dropped pass late in the fourth quarter of the season finale last year against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Cleveland was deep in Steelers territory with a chance to score a touchdown and avoid an 0-16 season. Due to Coleman’s drop the Browns finished winless in 2017.
With the trade to the Bills, Coleman joins another list he would prefer to not be a part of. All the players selected from 2012 thru 2016 in the first round have been let go by the team. Eight first round picks in a span of five NFL seasons. So if that doesn’t answer the question why the Browns stink year in and year out, nothing will.
Truly unbelievable https://t.co/Ur9K3Fl7wX
— Andre Knott (@DreKnott) August 6, 2018
The other seven first round picks were Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden in 2012. Barkevious Mingo in 2013. Justin Gilbert and Johnny Manziel in 2014. The list wraps up with Danny Shelton and Cameron Erving in 2015.
Hopefully the four first round picks from the two most recent NFL Drafts will at least make it to year four of their Browns career.
Scott Piker is the Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage Browns. So follow him on twitter @ScottPikerSport