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Pats, Browns on two ends of draft spectrum since 2002

AP All-Pros drafted from 2002 to 2011
Team
Record
Winning %
All-Pros
123-37
.769
15
94-66
.588
13
99-60-1
.622
11
111-49
.694
10
69-91
.431
10
90-70
.563
9
82-78
.513
9
105-54-1
.659
8
99-61
.619
8
96-64
.600
8
88-72
.550
8
86-74
.538
8
80-80
.500
8
79-81
.494
8
74-86
.463
8
86-74
.538
7
71-88-1
.447
7
86-74
.538
6
81-79
.506
6
65-95
.406
6
65-95
.406
6
65-95
.406
6
56-104
.350
6
87-72-1
.547
5
77-83
.481
5
76-84
.475
5
74-86
.463
5
70-90
.438
5
65-95
.406
5
56-104
.350
5
47-113
.294
4
56-104
.350
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As if you needed more proof the Cleveland Browns would be better off if Bill Belichick were still around ...

Over the last 10 seasons, Belichick's New England Patriots have drafted 15 players who have been named to The Associated Press All-Pro team, tops in the NFL.

Last? You guessed it -- the Browns, with just two. Only wide receiver Braylon Edwards (2007) and stud left tackle Joe Thomas ('07, '08, '09, '10, '11) have received the honor.

For the Patriots, it might help to explain their league-best .769 winning percentage since 2002.

(Of course, it didn't hurt stumbling upon Tom Brady, a sixth-round pick in the 2000 draft.)

The breakdown was done by The Plain Dealer, a newspaper that has documented the Browns' stumble through the NFL since they returned as a franchise for the 1999 season.

Cleveland is 56-104 since '02, a .350 winning percentage "bested" only by the Detroit Millens.

The biggest anomaly on the list is the Atlanta Falcons, who drafted just five All-Pros and still managed an 87-72-1 record. This illuminates the fact that hitting on a quarterback -- or, in the Falcons' case, two in Michael Vick and Matt Ryan -- can cover up a lot of warts.

The lesson? Draft well, and your team will see extended success. Draft poorly and, well, you're the Cleveland Browns.

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