Worst to first: Browns top choice for "Hard Knocks" series

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Here's a new one: The Cleveland Browns were a No. 1 pick.

Despite the team's 0-16 record last season and decades of futility, NFL Films insists the Browns were the team it wanted to feature on this summer's HBO "Hard Knocks" series, which chronicles the grind — and the drama — of training camp.

But following a busy offseason, which included the team selecting quarterback Baker Mayfield with the first overall pick in the draft, the Browns have become a more compelling story as they try to rebuild a once-proud franchise with one of the league's most passionate fans.

"We got the team we wanted," said Ken Rodgers, NFL Films VP senior coordinating producer, "Our No. 1 pick, the Browns to be on our show."

Cleveland had turned down previous requests to appear on the popular show.

Running back Duke Johnson said he's worried some of his teammates may try to "be all Hollywood" and act for the cameras.


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