Buffalo has struck out with repeated swings at the No. 41 overall pick, but the Browns take heart with five other teams' recent luck at that spot, which they own in tonight's draft.

If you want to know what kind of player one might expect where the Browns were scheduled for their second-round pick, you might ask the Buffalo Bills.


And you might wince a little. If you are Browns General Manager Andrew Berry, you would keep asking around.


Five times in the previous 12 drafts, the Bills exercised a choice at No. 41 overall, where the Browns had their Round 2 selection Friday.


GMs hope for a quality starter with a pick that high. Here is what the Bills have received from their 41s:


WR James Hardy, 2008: His pro career consisted of 10 catches across 16 games. His death in 2017 was ruled a suicide.


DT Torrell Troup, 2010: He made two starts for the Bills and last appeared in a game in 2011.


OL Cordy Glenn, 2012: He was a productive starter for four years before injuries derailed him. He has missed 28 games across the last four seasons, the last two with Cincinnati.


WR Robert Woods, 2013: He delivered in the 500- to 700-yard range in each of his four years in Buffalo before leaving for the Rams in free agency. He helped the 2018 Rams win the NFC title with 86 catches for 1,219 yards.


LB Reggie Ragland, 2016: The Bills traded up to get him but after one season and a regime change, Buffalo traded him to the Chiefs for a Round 4 pick. He started 32 games across three years with the Chiefs but attracted just a one-year, $1 million contract from Detroit in free agency this offseason.


So, second-round misses have held back the Bills. However ...


Other recent picks at No. 41 have been:


DB Lamarcus Joyner, 2014, Rams: The team kept this safety for a fifth season by designating him as a franchise player. In 2019, he jumped to the Raiders for a four-year, $42 million contract.


WR Devin Funchess, 2015, Panthers: He has lost steam recently and now is on a one-year contract with Green Bay, but he helped as a rookie on a Super Bowl team and as a third-year Panther when he caught 63 passes for an 11-5 team.


RB Dalvin Cook, 2017, Vikings: His breakout 2019 featured 1,654 rushing-receiving yards and 13 touchdowns in 14 regular-season games. Then he had a big day in a playoff win at New Orleans.


DE Harold Landry, 2018, Titans: He made nine sacks during an 11-game stretch of his breakout 2019. He sacked Lamar Jackson in the playoff win at Baltimore.


OT Dalton Risner, 2019, Broncos: After playing right tackle at Kansas State, he made everybody's all-rookie team with 16 starts at guard.


The moral of the story. Good players are available at No. 41. The Bills simply failed to pick the right ones.


Andrew Berry is a new general manager. The ball is in his court.


Reach Steve at 330-580-8347 or steve.doerschuk@cantonrep.com


On twitter: @sdoerschukREP