The One At 1: 2000 -- Courtney Brown

Cleveland Browns defensive end Courtney Brown watches preseason play against the Green Bay Packers in 2000.
Cleveland Browns defensive end Courtney Brown watches preseason play against the Green Bay Packers in 2000.

The Cardinals hold the No. 1 overall pick for April’s NFL draft for the first time since 1958. As the day for the Cards to make their selection draws closer, azcardinals.com will take a look at the last 30 No. 1 overall selections and each player’s impact on the team and league.

NAME/YEAR: Courtney Brown/2000

TEAM: Cleveland Browns

THE SITUATION: Brown had 33 sacks in his college career and put up impressive athletic testing numbers at Penn State’s Pro Day, so he seemed to be a sensible choice atop the draft. Cleveland didn’t have anyone register more than seven sacks the year prior so he also fit a need.

THE CAREER: The high hopes for Brown never materialized. He had a promising rookie season with 69 tackles, four sacks and 16 tackles for loss, but missed 19 games the next three seasons and never accumulated more than six sacks in a year. Brown was out of the NFL after six seasons and did not make a Pro Bowl.

THE OTHER OPTIONS IN TOP FIVE: Brown’s Penn State teammate, LaVar Arrington, went No. 2 overall to the Redskins and had a better career, making the Pro Bowl three times. Washington also had the No. 3 pick and chose tackle Chris Samuels, who was a six-time Pro Bowler. Wide receiver Peter Warrick did not live up to expectations as the No. 4 overall pick to the Bengals, while the Ravens landed Pro Bowl running back Jamal Lewis at No. 5.

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