With December having arrived, it's not just the end of the year that is near, but also, the end of the decade. And what a decade it's been for the Cleveland Browns.
In order to celebrate the 2010s, we're enlisting in your help to compile the Browns' All-Decade Team. Each day, we'll release a poll on Twitter asking you to vote for a particular position, in addition to sharing the previous day's result.
On Wednesday, you voted D'Qwell Jackson, Christian Kirksey and Joe Schobert as the starting defensive linebackers of the Browns' All-Decade Team for the 2010s. Below, you can vote for the team's cornerbacks.
After playing in just six games in 2009 before missing the entirety of the 2010 campaign with a shoulder injury, D'Qwell Jackson appeared to be on the decline as he entered the start of the new decade with the Browns.
But rather than remaining injury prone, the former second-round pick bounced back to provide three more productive seasons in Cleveland, starting in all 48 of the team's games from 2011-2013. The rare Browns player whose resume includes both production and longevity, Jackson left Cleveland ranking third in franchise history in solo tackles (530) when he signed a free-agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts following the 2013 season. Over the course of his seven seasons with the Browns, Jackson tallied 824 tackles, 27 of which came for a loss and 8 interceptions while serving as a mainstay of a defense that was constantly changing schemes.
In the same offseason that Jackson left Cleveland, the Browns drafted Christian Kirksey, who ultimately became a cornerstone of the team's defense in his own right. After starting eight games as a rookie, the Iowa product has gone on to appear in 73 games (54 starts) in six seasons with the Browns, tallying 469 tackles, 30 of which have come for a loss and 11.5 sacks.
Kirksey's presence as a playmaker has also been aided by the consistency provided by Joe Schobert, who the Browns selected out of Wisconsin in the third round of the 2016 draft. In his first full season as a starter in 2017, the walk-on-turned All-American led the NFL with 142 tackles en route to being named to the Pro Bowl.
Through the first 13 games of the 2019 season, Schobert appears on pace for a second Pro Bowl selection, having tallied 110 tackles, 2 sacks and 4 interceptions.
Next up, the candidates for the Cleveland Browns' All-Decade Cornerbacks:
Sheldon Brown (2010-2012)
Acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles in a trade prior to the 2010 season. Appeared in 47 games (46 starts) from 2010-2012 and started every game in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Tallied 171 tackles, 7 interceptions and 34 pass defenses in three seasons with the Browns.
Joe Haden (2010-2016)
Selected in the first round (No. 7 overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. Appeared in 90 games (81 starts) over the course of seven seasons with the team. Totaled 299 tackles, 101 pass defenses and 19 interceptions during his Cleveland career and was named to two Pro Bowls (2013, 2014) and was once named second-team All-Pro (2013).
Buster Skrine (2011-2014)
Selected in the fifth round (137th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. Appeared in 64 games (37 starts) in four seasons with the Browns, primarily contributing as a nickel back. Recorded 235 tackles, 47 pass defenses and 6 interceptions during his time in Cleveland.
Denzel Ward (2018-present)
Selected in the first round (No. 4 overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. Earned Pro Bowl honors as a rookie and was named to the PFWA's All-Rookie Team. Tallied 2 interceptions in NFL debut vs. Pittsburgh Steelers and has recorded 85 tackles, 20 pass defenses and 4 interceptions over the course of his first 22 career games (21 starts).