Not to upset Browns fans too much, but they could have had Clay Matthews III.
They also could have had Richard Seymour, LaDainian Tomlinson, Ben Roethlisberger but decided to pass on each in the draft, which is why they continue to be among the NFL's worst teams every season.
Matthews would have been a popular choice among fans because of the relationship his father, Clay Jr., had with the team from 1978-93. The elder Matthews holds the team record for sacks with 76.5, which places him among the best defensive players in franchise history.
In the younger Matthews, fans looked at the long, flowing blonde hair and aggressive pass-rushing style and saw his father. He might not develop into the player his dad was, but it might have been worth the risk with a low first-round choice.
"I knew Cleveland had a very high draft pick, but I didn't think I would end up there," Matthews said.
"However, I did take a trip there and was able to check out Cleveland's facilities and meet coach (Eric) Mangini. It was neat to go there, but where I was slotted to go I didn't think I would go there."
The Browns started out with the fifth overall pick but traded down three times in moving down 16 spots. With Matthews expected to go off the board in the latter third of the first round, it would have made sense for the Browns, who needed a pass rusher, to pick Matthews.
"I spent a lot of time with Clay at USC," Mangini said. "He's a smart kid. He talked a lot about the Browns and his dad. He's really an interesting guy. He talked a little politics. He's a very intellectual guy."
It sounds like Matthews is a chip off the old block. His father wasn't strictly an Xs and Os player. He liked to talk about topics other than football and wasn't shy about wearing his political beliefs on his sleeve.
Clay III doesn't remember much about his father's playing days. He was born May 14, 1986, the season in which the Browns lost to the Denver Broncos on "The Drive" in the AFC Championship Game.
Clay III is reminded about his dad's accomplishments with the Browns from the collection of artifacts and awards he collected.
"Growing up we always had Cleveland Browns banners and flags," Clay III said. "I think I still have a helmet back home in California in my room and posters with Bernie Kosar, Eric Metcalf, Matt Bahr and all those people that played the same time my father did.
"We were completely surrounded by it. It was a football family, and a Cleveland one at that."
Clay III is beginning to look like his father on the field. He had two sacks last week in a win over the Detroit Lions, and he leads the team in sacks with three. His best play of the season came when he stripped the ball from Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and returned it 49 yards for a touchdown on Monday Night Football.
You think he would look good in a Browns' uniform. Taking it another step, the Browns also could have had USC linebacker Rey Maualuga, who lined up next to Matthews.
Matthews began the season as a backup to Brandon Chillar at one of the inside spots in the base 3-4 defense. His first start was last week, and he made the most of it.
"I fell into a few plays here and there," he said. "The coaches gave me a few chances to show what I have, and I had to make the most of that opportunity. Not only was I going in on nickel situations, but they allowed me to go in on first and second downs. It was a real test to show them what I had."
Clay III has been helped by having a father that excelled in the NFL. The younger Matthews can also lean on his uncle Bruce, who is a Hall of Fame offensive lineman, and his grandfather, Clay Sr., who played for the San Francisco 49ers.
"They have so much football experience that they were able to push that on me," Clay III said. "I like to believe that my head is on straight and I'm prepared as a rookie."
And to think the Browns could have had him.