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2022 Cleveland Browns: Way Too Early 53-Man Roster Projection

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CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 09: Cleveland Browns tight end Harrison Bryant (88) leaves the field following the National Football League game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns on January 9, 2022, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Now that the NFL Draft is over and done with, it’s time for teams to start molding their rosters for minicamp, OTA’s, and training camp. This is my WAY too early projection for the 2022 Cleveland Browns 53-man roster and depth chart. Yes, Deshaun Watson is most likely going to be suspended for quite a few games but I’m considering how things are right here and now as I write this article. One or both of Jadeveon Clowney and/or Jarvis Landry do appear that they will be re-signed as well, but just like the Watson situation, I’m basing this roster off of Cleveland’s current position.

Cleveland Browns 53-Man Roster Projection

Quarterback (2)

  • Deshaun Watson
  • Jacoby Brissett

Running Back/Fullback (5)

  • Nick Chubb
  • Kareem Hunt
  • Jerome Ford
  • Demetric Felton
  • Johnny Stanton

Wide Receiver (6)

  • Amari Cooper
  • Donovan Peoples-Jones
  • Anthony Schwartz
  • David Bell
  • Ja’Marcus Bradley
  • Jakeem Grant

Tight End (3)

  • David Njoku
  • Harrison Bryant
  • Miller Forristall

Offensive Line (9)

  • Jedrick Wills
  • Joel Bitonio
  • Nick Harris
  • Wyatt Teller
  • Jack Conklin
  • Chris Hubbard
  • James Hudson III
  • Ethan Pocic
  • Blake Hance

Defensive End (5)

  • Myles Garrett
  • Stephen Weatherly
  • Chase Winovich
  • Alex Wright
  • Isaiah Thomas

Defensive Tackle (4)

  • Taven Bryan
  • Perrion Winfrey
  • Jordan Elliott
  • Sheldon Day

Linebacker (6)

  • Jacob Phillips
  • Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
  • Anthony Walker Jr.
  • Sione Takitaki
  • Tony Fields II
  • Willie Harvey

Cornerback (5)

  • Denzel Ward
  • Greg Newsome II
  • Greedy Williams
  • Martin Emerson
  • A.J. Green

Safetey (5)

  • John Johnson III
  • Grant Delpit
  • Ronnie Harrison Jr.
  • Richard LeCounte III
  • Nate Meadors

Special Teams (3)

  • K Cade York
  • P Corey Bojorquez
  • LS Charley Hughlett

2022 Cleveland Browns Offensive Depth Chart Projection

QB:Deshaun WatsonJacoby Brissett
RB:Nick ChubbKareem HuntJerome Ford
Demetric Felton
FB:Johnny Stanton
WR:Amari CooperAnthony SchwartzJakeem Grant
WR:Donovan People-JonesDavid BellJa’Marcus Bradley
TE:David NjokuHarrison BryantMorris Forristall
LT:Jedrick WillsJames Hudson III
LG:Joel BitonioBlake Hance
C:Nick HarrisEthan Pocic
RG:Wyatt Teller
RT:Jack ConklinChris Hubbard

2022 Cleveland Browns Defensive Depth Chart Projection

DE:Myles GarrettAlex WrightIsaiah Thomas
DE:Stephen WeatherlyChase Winovich
DT:Taven BryanJordan Elliott
DT:Perrion WinfreySheldon Day
WILL:Jeremiah Owusu-KoramoahTony Fields II
MIKE:Anthony Walker Jr.Willie Harvey
SAM:Jacob PhillipsSione Takitaki
CB:Denzel WardGreedy WilliamsA.J. Green
CB:Greg Newsome IIMartin Emerson
FS:John Johnson IIIRonnie HarrisonNate Meadors
SS:Grant DelpitRichard LeCounte III

2022 Cleveland Browns Special Teams Depth Chart Projection

K:Cade York
P:Corey Bojorquez
LS:Charley Hughlett
KR:Jakeem GrantDemetric Felton
PR:Jakeem GrantDemetric Felton

What do you think?

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Written by Matt Wilson

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  1. Togiai was also drafted (4th 2021) & as such I expect him to make the team. I predict Sheldon Day will be released on final cutdown day only to rejoin the team later on a VSB, with the purpose being to place someone on IR to be eligible to return during the season, effectively creating an extra roster spot for $25k.

    Like you, it appears, I foresee D’Ernest Johnson being traded. KC & LAR are the two contenders with the weakest RB rooms. $1.065m cap hit for acquiring tm.

    And I expect Hjalte Froholdt will beat out Michael Dunn for the 10th o-line spot but could still be waived.

    Excellent post

  2. Togiai was also drafted (4th 2021) & as such I expect him to make the team. I predict Sheldon Day will be released on final cutdown day only to rejoin the team later on a VSB, with the purpose being to place someone on IR to be eligible to return during the season, effectively creating an extra roster spot for $25k.

    Like you, it appears, I foresee D’Ernest Johnson being traded. KC & LAR are the two contenders with the weakest RB rooms. $1.065m cap hit for acquiring tm.

    And I expect Hjalte Froholdt to beat out Michael Dunn for the 10th o-line spot but could still be waived.

    Excellent post!

  3. This is a mighty good projection. But because Berry doesn’t cut his draft picks thus far (I expect Deaton to be the first to be waived), even though I agree that Bradley (along with Weston & probably Harley) will be better in camp than Michael Woods II, I still expect Woods to get the 6th WR roster spot, or go on IR.

    I realize this was written before the Clowney re-signing, but I anticipate six DEs — as Thomas was drafted & Weatherly has $650k dead money if released.

    I don’t think Harvey makes it, as 5 LBs is likely enough for base 4-2-5, with Winovich able to fill in off-ball if needed.

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