CLEVELAND — The 2022 NFL Draft is currently being held through Saturday. Every draft pick of the Cleveland Browns will be analyzed here.
Here’s a pick by pick look at how each Cleveland player will fit.
Round 3, No. 68 overall: Martin Emerson, CB Mississippi State
My take: I believe the Browns had urgent needs at wide receiver, defensive line and defensive end (the latter if Jadeveon Clowney signs). Cleveland traded out of second round and selected a corner in the third round. At first glance, Emerson doesn’t seem to fit in with the draft, at least not in the near term. The Browns have just extended Denzel Ward’s contract and spent a first round pick last year on Greg Newsome. In the cornerback position, they have Troy Hill and Greedy Williams. In the QB-loaded AFC you can never have too many corners. The Browns are proving that theory.
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Round 3, No. 78 overall: Alex Wright, DE, UAB
My take: The Browns lack young, budding talent along the defensive line. They can grab Wright to fill a gap in their defensive line, both in the short-term (pending Clowney’s resignation) and long-term. With Garrett attracting all the attention, Wright should be given plenty of opportunities to showcase his talents.
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Round 3, No. 99 overall: David BellWR, Purdue
My take: I believe the Browns had to give Deshaun Watson another pass catcher when they entered the weekend. They finally did it in Bell at the end Day 3. While Bell didn’t dominate the combine, he was extremely productive for the Boilermakers with an FBS-best 223 receptions since 2019. Bell will be a complement to No. 1 WR Amari cooper under coverage right away
What’s next: The Browns will have an opportunity to control the fourth round, with three of the first 18 picks on Day 3 (108, 118, 124). While Cleveland still needs to be able to defend tackle and wide receiver, the most important position to watch is kicker. In recent years, the Browns have had difficulty finding a long-term solution at kicker. There are many intriguing options, such as LSU’s kicker. Cade YorkTexas Cameron DickerKicker, among other positions, might be the best position to watch for Browns on the last day of the draft.