NFL Draft 2022: Cleveland Browns Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

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NFL Draft 2022: Cleveland Browns Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

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NFL Draft 2022: Cleveland Browns Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

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2022 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, Cleveland Browns draft analysis, picks, best value selection, and biggest reach


NFL Draft 2022: Cleveland Browns Draft Analysis

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Cleveland Browns Draft Picks: NFL Draft 2022

3 (68) CB Martin Emerson, Mississippi State
3 (78) EDGE Alex Wright, UAB
3 (99) WR David Bell, Purdue
4 (108) DT Perrion Winfrey, Oklahoma
4 (124) PK Cade York, LSU
5 (156) RB Jerome Ford, Cincinnati
6 (202) WR Michael Woods, Oklahoma
7 (223) DE Isaiah Thomas, Oklahoma
7 (246) C Dawson Deaton, Texas Tech

Cleveland Browns Draft Analysis: NFL Draft 2022

– It’s hard to do anything too splashy when you don’t pic until the 68, but … the Browns have Deshaun Watson. Anything from this draft is gravy by comparison, but the team did a decent job with what it had to work with.

The speed might not be there, but considering wide receiver was a concern, getting David Bell in the third round was wonderful.

– The Browns needed defensive line help, and they came up with three options with the realistic hope of one of them working. Oklahoma DT Perrion Winfrey is the key pick. It’s asking a lot of a fourth rounder to be a big factor, but getting something out of him would be huge.

– Yes, the odds are that a kicker like Cade York will pay off bigger than any other position in the fourth round – and it’s not all that close – but it would’ve been nice to throw more options at the defensive line concerns. The Browns already had Winfrey, but LSU’s Neil Farrell was there for the taking.

Cleveland Browns Best Value Pick, Biggest Reach, Late Flier: 2022 NFL Draft

Best Value Pick: 4 (108) DT Perrion Winfrey, Oklahoma

Biggest Reach: 4 (124) PK Cade York, LSU

Late Flier That Might Work: 5 (156) RB Jerome Ford, Cincinnati

Cleveland Browns Needs, Pre-Draft Analysis: NFL Draft 2022

– So you’re worried that Cleveland traded away three straight first round picks, a third next year, and fourth rounder this year and another in 2024? 1) It’s Deshaun Watson. Forgetting everything else for a moment, he’s the franchise-changing playmaker Baker Mayfield wasn’t, and 2) Cleveland isn’t great at drafting.

It’s okay at getting serviceable starters, but outside of Nick Chubb and Denzel Ward – the only two Pro Bowl draft picks since the layup of No. 1 overall selection of Myles Garrett in 2017 – there aren’t enough high-end playmakers. Again, Deshaun Watson, and Amari Cooper. That’s two. That’s a start. Now …

– The Browns could use another wide receiver, and reinforcements on for the defensive front would be nice. Free agency helped the line, but young parts are a must.

So who’ll be there for Cleveland in the second round? The first pick is the 44, and there are two more before 100 – there’s a chance to get some solid prospects. UConn DT Travis Jones would be a nice get at the right time, and Alabama’s Phidarian Mathis could step in, too.

They’re fliers, but some decent wide receiver prospects should be around at the 78. More likely, an end like San Diego State’s Cameron Thomas or Cincinnati’s Myjai Sanders would fit.

Cleveland Browns 2021 Draft Picks

1 (26) CB Greg Newsome, Northwestern
2 (52) LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame
3 (91) WR Anthony Schwartz, Auburn
4 (110) OT James Hudson, Cincinnati
4 (132) DT Tommy Togiai, Ohio State
5 (153) LB Tony Fields, West Virginia
5 (169) S Richard LeCounte, Georgia
6 (211) WR Demetric Felton, UCLA

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