The Professional Football Writers of America announced their All-Rookie team Monday, and no Cleveland Browns made the list.
What does this mean? It means none of the Browns' 14 draft picks had rookie seasons of distinction at their position. It doesn't mean the draft is a failure, but it does mean Cleveland's 2016 draft class did not get off to a fast start.
Defensive lineman Emmanuel Ogbah probably had the best season of all the Browns' draft picks, and he got better as the season progressed. However, he was beaten out on the defensive line by Joey Bosa (San Diego), DeForest Buckner (San Francisco), Chris Jones, (Kansas City) and Yannick Ngakoue (Jacksonville).
First-round pick Corey Coleman was set back by a broken hand that kept him from playing in six games, then had 26 catches in 60 targets in the final eight games he did play. Near the end of the season, Coleman said he felt like he let a lot of people down.
The Browns' other 12 draft picks had a combined 33 starts, including eight each by quarterback Cody Kessler and guard Spencer Drango. Kessler finished with a 92.3 passer rating, and tight end Seth DeValve had two touchdowns late in the season.
Browns vice president of football operations Sashi Brown assessed the team's draft class this way the day after the 2016 season ended:
“I think all those guys showed why we drafted them.
"Corey showed his explosiveness, had the three touchdown catches and fought through some injuries and actually showed that he can be successful in an NFL offense. I know there were a lot of questions about that coming out of Baylor, but you saw his strength, you saw his speed, his play and his toughness and competitiveness.
"Emmanuel, you saw him quite consistently get QB hurries. We were pleased with him -- played a little bit of outside, played some inside, and certainly in the sub-rush position we’ve been pleased with him.
"Throughout, (offensive lineman) Shon Coleman came in. And again, a tribute to the coaching staff with all the injuries we have had -- the guys have been ready, whether it’s Spencer or Shon at different times to step up in the face of injuries in guys ahead of them when they are forced in to play and have been ready and prepared and played actually well and surprisingly well.
"Up and down as you look at the roster, these guys, it is too early to tell. Some of the guys that have started fast may end slowing down. Some of the guys that started slow will speed up.
"We are pleased with what we have seen from them and their work ethic and what they’re doing coming in. They, as a group, understand the significance of how large the draft class was, and they want to be part of what is going to be a turnaround here. We think a lot of them are on their way, and there is a lot more improvement for each of them.”