Colt McCoy winds up to throw a touchdown pass to Marquise Goodwin during fourth quarter action. The undefeated Longhorns go against the University of Central Florida at Royal Memorial Stadium. (Alberto Martínez/AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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Longhorns drafted in the NFL: Cleveland Browns

Posted April 22nd, 2016


Editor’s note: Leading up to the 2016 Draft, we took a look at each NFL team’s Longhorn draft history.

Over the next week leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft on April 28, we’re taking a look at the best Texas Longhorns players drafted by each team.

Cleveland Browns (1946-present)

Best pick: Eric Metcalf, running back, 1989

Texas running back, Eric Metcalf. Photo courtesy of the University of Texas at Austin.
Texas running back, Eric Metcalf. Photo courtesy of the University of Texas at Austin.

Metcalf was a four-year standout for the Longhorns and was taken 13th overall by the Browns. He went on to become one of the league’s best return man in the history of the NFL. He went to three Pro Bowls and was a two-time All-Pro in 13 seasons. At Texas, he was a second team All-American in 1987. He is only Longhorn to lead the team in all-purpose yards for four years in a row.

Most recent pick: Emmanuel Acho, linebacker, 2012

Acho was a sixth round pick and 204th overall in 2012 when the Browns selected him. He spent a season in Cleveland before moving on to the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles. He didn’t play in 2015 after a series of injuries. Is he coming back though?

First pick: Billy Pyle, back, 1950

Pyle was the 364th overall pick in the 28th round. He didn’t play in the NFL.

Of note: The most famous Cleveland Browns-Longhorn pick is Colt McCoy in 2010. The Browns took the quarterback in the third round and 85th overall. But Colt couldn’t solve the Cleveland quarterback issue and started 21 games for the Browns before moving on to the San Francisco 49ers in 2013. He is about to begin his third season as a Washington back-up quarterback.

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