Shortly after 7 Thursday night, Andy Reid will make a public proclamation about the player the Chiefs drafted with the No. 1 overall pick. His words will no doubt be similar to the ones spoken by Cleveland Browns president Carmen Policy in 2000, immediately after his team made defensive lineman Courtney Brown the NFL Draft’s top choice.

“You find someone better,’’ Policy said, his words now infamous, “and that man is Superman.’’

Every top overall pick is Superman on the night he is drafted, and usually for at least a short time afterward. Then things can go sour, as they quickly did for the Browns and Brown, the Raiders and quarterback JaMarcus Russell in 2007 and the Texans and quarterback David Carr in 2002, among other busts.

Sometimes, things just don’t go as planned. For all of their time and money spent researching the draft’s top prospects, the Chiefs can only hope their pick isn’t remembered as an infamous one.

“It’s important for the Chiefs to get this right because it’s a chance to get an elite player,’’ said former Houston general manager Charley Casserly, who drafted Carr for the Texans. “There are some good players at the top of the draft, so if they do this right, they could come away with an elite player. If they don’t do it right, it will set them back.’’

If the Chiefs draft, for instance, Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel and he’s a bust, it could set the Chiefs back for years. They would have to continue their search in future years for the player who can adequate protect the all-important blind side of quarterback Alex Smith.

Failures at the top of the draft certainly set back the Browns, Texans and Raiders. Cleveland reentered the NFL in 1999 as an expansion team after the previous Browns moved to Baltimore.

The Browns had the draft’s first pick in 1999 and spent it on quarterback Tim Couch, who became a bust. Cleveland instead could have selected Donovan McNabb, who went to the Eagles and Reid with the next pick.

The following year the Browns, who had yet to give up on Couch, drafted Brown from Penn State. Everybody then loved the pick.

“I think if you drew up a football player, particularly a defensive football player, and put all the ingredients in you were looking for,’’ said Al Lerner, then the Browns’ owner, “you’d end up with Courtney Brown.’’

Brown had a promising rookie season. But injuries limited his playing time in subsequent seasons and by the end of 2004, he was finished in Cleveland. His totals: 47 games and 17 sacks.

Having Couch and Brown fail as back-to-back No. 1 draft picks weren’t the Browns’ only mistakes since they returned to the NFL. But the Browns have been searching for adequate replacements ever since.

It’s no coincidence the Browns have made just one playoff appearance in the 14 seasons since returning. They won more than seven games in a season just twice and not at all since 2007.

Carr lasted five seasons as Houston’s starting quarterback more out of the Texans’ determination to make the pick work than any of his accomplishments. Houston in 2002, like Cleveland three years earlier, was an expansion team and it went for a quarterback to build the team around, instead of assembling the supporting cast first.