NFL The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time  

Ranker NFL
Originally by
20.5k votes 2.1k voters 47.4k views 144 items

List Rules Please rank these players only on their time with the Browns

This is a list of the best Cleveland Browns of all time. When people think of the Cleveland Browns and its greatest players, they'll usually think back to the team's glory days of the 1950s and early 1960s. The Browns had some of the best players in football history on their teams. The early days of the Browns franchise featured a stout defense, but people who recall the Browns early years remember its offense. Marion Motley, Lou Groza, Dante Lavelli and quarterback Otto Graham were a high flying bunch who greatly influenced what became the modern NFL offensive game. These players are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and are some of the best Browns in team history.

Jim Brown is considered by many to be not only the best Browns player, but one of the greatest football players ever. His mix of strength and power made him one of the most feared and best running backs of all time. Despite retiring from football at the peak of his powers, Brown is beloved by the Cleveland faithful and his standing as one of the top Browns ever is safe.

The 1980s were ultimately very disappointing for Browns fans, but it wasn't because of a lack of talent. These Browns teams had some of the best players in team history. Earnest Byner and Kevin Mack proved to be a formidable 1-2 combination at running back, even if Byner is remembered for "The Fumble." More recently, left tackle Joe Thomas is one of the best linemen in the entire NFL and is a solid anchor on their offensive line.

This list of the best Cleveland Browns of all time includes players from the team's AAFC days through the end of the first Browns era in 1995 to the present day. If you see anyone who should be on this list and isn't, feel free to add him. Vote or rerank this list based on who you think is the greatest Cleveland Browns player in history. 
list ordered by

1
1,277 115
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Fullback

2
867 152
Joe Thomas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Offensive Lineman

3
872 158
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Quarterback

4
682 170
Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Tight end

5
577 161
Clay Matthews, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Linebacker

6
559 189
Bernie Kosar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Quarterback

7
473 129
Paul Warfield is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Wide receiver

8
439 115
Lou Groza is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Tackle, Placekicker

9
366 129
Leroy Kelly is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back

10
346 110
Marion Motley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Fullback, Linebacker

11
211 92
Gene Hickerson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time

12
239 43
Ranker Video
Jaden White added Coach

13
272 116
Earnest Byner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Fullback

14
265 87
Kevin Mack is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back

15
233 82
Frank Minnifield is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Cornerback

16
299 91
Brian Sipe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Quarterback

17
334 104
Phil Dawson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Placekicker

18
297 93
Eric Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Wide receiver

19
229 80
Webster Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Wide receiver

20
233 76
Hanford Dixon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Cornerback

21
218 70
Greg Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back

22
342 140
Ranker Video
Return specialist, Wide receiver

23
201 83
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

24
194 114
Alex Mack is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
JabariParker12 added Offensive Lineman

25
185 64
Dante Lavelli is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
End, Wide receiver

26
257 151
Joe Haden is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
bigulcards added Cornerback, Defensive back

27
174 63
Bobby Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Halfback

28
169 67
Gary Collins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Punter, Wide receiver

29
151 74
Bill Willis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Defensive tackle, Lineman, Defensive end

30
165 73
Michael Dean Perry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Defensive end

31
128 44
Mike Pruitt is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Running back

32
128 64
Mike McCormack is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time

33
133 70
Dick Schafrath is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Guard

34
73 5
Myles Garrett is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
LuckyDarth123 added Myles Garrett Defensive End

35
146 73
Frank Ryan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
ruds added Quarterback

36
93 34
Len Ford is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Defensive end

37
104 42
Doug Dieken is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Tackle, Offensive Lineman

38
284 222
Josh Gordon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
GrowlitheGrowlithe added Wide receiver

39
108 47
Jerry Sherk is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

40
113 17
Baker Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
LuckyDarth123 added Baker Mayfield Quarterback

41
136 94
T. J. Ward is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
JabariParker12 added Defensive back

42
100 78
D'Qwell Jackson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
CMCSS03 added Linebacker

43
134 63
Reggie Langhorne is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Wide receiver

44
125 62
Brian Brennan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Wide receiver

45
96 23
Eric Turner is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

46
68 32
Frank Gatski is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Linebacker, Center

47
69 40
Ernie Green is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Running back, Fullback

48
81 43
Ranker Video
slaft added Punter, Placekicker

49
74 38
Jim Houston is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
slaft added Defensive end, Linebacker

50
92 31
Pepper Johnson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cleveland Browns of All Time
Linebacker