Since the 2012 NFL Draft, the Browns have made 15 first-round selections. That is among the most in the NFL. However, they do not have a pick in the first round this year because of the Deshaun Watson trade.
In fact, they aren’t scheduled to pick in the first round again until 2025. However, the Browns still have a lot of draft capital and should be able to improve during the draft.
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Entering the 2022 NFL Draft, the Browns need to add multiple players to their defensive line. Their defensive tackle spot is among the worst in the NFL and they could use another EDGE rusher to pair with Myles Garrett. But the Browns can't afford to ignore the other side of the ball either. They need to add a long-term slot receiver and more depth on the offensive line.
So what might the Browns do with their seven picks? Here is a complete seven-round Cleveland Browns Mock Draft 2022:
Cleveland Browns Mock Draft 2022 Round by Round
|⭐ 2nd Round (No. 44 overall)||Logan Hall, DT, Houston|
|⭐ 3rd Round (No. 78) overall)||Khalil Shakir, WR, Boise State|
|⭐ 3rd Round (No. 99 overall)||Zyon McCollum, CB, Sam Houston State|
|⭐ 4th Round (No. 118 overall)||Cam Jurgens, IOL, Nebraska|
|⭐ 6th Round (No. 202 overall)||Kyron Johnson, EDGE, Kansas|
|⭐ 7th Round (No. 223 overall)||Charleston Rambo, WR, Miami (FL)|
|⭐ 7th Round (No. 246 overall)||Christopher Hinton, DT, Michigan|
2nd Round (No. 44 overall) — Logan Hall, DT, Houston
The defensive tackle spot is the weakest position on the roster for the Browns and Hall would be a fantastic fit. While he is undersized, he has excellent length and outstanding quickness. His college production was very average, but he improved significantly during his senior season at Houston. He has the position versatility to play all over the defensive line and could even be a defensive end for the Browns on early downs.
Hall's best position in the NFL will be as a three-technique on obvious passing downs. His length, combined with his burst, allows him to get up the field and create havoc. Hall could still stand to add more muscle to his frame, but he has all the traits to be a disruptive interior rusher.
3rd Round (No. 78) overall) — Khalil Shakir, WR, Boise State
The Browns are set on the outside at receiver with Amari Cooper and Donovan Peoples-Jones. However, they could use a dynamic slot receiver to replace Jarvis Landy. Shakir has good size (6'0, 196 pounds) and above-average speed (4.43) and projects as a high-end No. 3 receiver in the NFL.
If needed, Shakir even has the quickness and route-running skills to play on the outside as a Z-receiver. At pick No. 78, he would be a fantastic fit for the Browns as he certainly hits all of their athleticism and production thresholds.
3rd Round (No. 99 overall) — Zyon McCollum, CB, Sam Houston State
McCollum is a fifth-year senior from Sam Houston State, but he's on the NFL’s radar because he tested as the most athletic defensive back in the class.
At 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, McCollum ran a 4.33 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine and posted a sub 6.50 three-cone. He's going to need some time to catch up to the speed of the NFL, but he is worth drafting here due to his elite testing numbers.
4th Round (No. 118 overall) — Cam Jurgens, IOL, Nebraska
Jurgens is an undersized interior offensive lineman who probably will need to play center in the NFL. But he is fantastic on the move and can get to the second level with ease.
With J.C. Tretter gone, Jurgens could compete for snaps behind Nick Harris and Ethan Pocic. He is a discount version of Tyler Linderbaum (Iowa), who might be picked in Round 1.
6th Round (No. 202 overall) — Kyron Johnson, EDGE, Kansas
Johnson is an undersized EDGE rusher who might need to play linebacker in the NFL. However, he is a fantastic athlete who should be able to help on special teams right away.
At 6-foot, 230 pounds, he ran a 4.40 40-yard dash at his Pro Day with a 39.5-inch vertical. He's probably not a full-time pass rusher in the NFL, but he is worth gambling on late on the third day of the NFL Draft.
7th Round (No. 223 overall) — Charleston Rambo, WR, Miami (FL)
Rambo had a breakout season after transferring to Miami from Oklahoma. He caught 79 passes for 1,172 yards and seven touchdowns as he led the team in receiving yards and touchdowns.
He doesn’t have great testing numbers, but he still projects as a No. 4 or No. 5 receiver in the NFL. He should be able to compete with Anthony Schwartz for snaps right away in the offense.
7th Round (No. 246 overall) — Christopher Hinton, DT, Michigan
The Browns have to add more depth to their defensive line as they don't have many options at defensive tackle right now. Hinton is a young defensive tackle from Michigan with 19 starts under his belt.
He's not the most explosive player in the world, but he is a solid run defender and could make the roster as a rotational defensive tackle for the Browns.
Before the trade for Watson, the Browns were behind other teams in Super Bowl 57 odds. They’ve improved those odds and a strong draft could make them even better.