A Browns 7 round mock draft will never be easy. A number of our contributors are going to give it a shot.
The 2022 NFL Draft commences on Thursday, April 28th, 2022. The Cleveland Browns, however, are without a selection in the first round and are slated to make their first pick on day two.
Cleveland Browns Draft Picks: 2022 NFL Draft
|2||12 (44th overall)||–|
|3||14 (78th overall)||–|
|3||34 (99th overall)||Compensatory Pick|
|4||13 (118th overall)||–|
|6||24 (202nd overall)||DAL|
|7||2 (223rd overall)||DET|
|7||25 (246th overall||BUF|
Browns 7 Round Mock Draft Rules
The only rule we set for picking in this mock draft is: no trades. Everything else is on the table.
Cleveland Browns 2022 NFL Draft Needs
Browns Draft Need #1: Wide Receiver
The Cleveland Browns traded for Amari Cooper who is the currently the clear number one option at wide receiver for the Browns. Donovan People-Jones has an abundance of potential but it remains to be seen if he is a consistent WR1/WR2 talent. Anthony Schwartz has shown his speed is in fact elite, but is still developmental.
The Browns clearly need to add depth at the position. In a deep WR class, a pick with the ability to contribute day one would pay enormous dividends in the Browns offense.
Browns Draft Need #2: Defensive Tackle
The Browns badly need interior defensive line help. It doesn’t mean they will select one early. The current regime has shown that the DT position isn’t highly valued to them. They’ve neglected to make any “splash” moves and have been quick to let bona fide players leave town if they didn’t require more than a minimal financial commitment.
Browns Draft Need #3: Tight End
With Austin Hooper no longer occupying a roster spot, the Browns need a solid TE behind David Njoku and Harrison Bryant.
Browns Draft Need #4: Defensive End
Jadeveon Clowney hasn’t re-signed with the Browns. At least not yet. There are rumors floating around that he has a wink and nod agreement to sign with the Browns following the draft. The idea is that it won’t tip off the Browns intentions going into the draft.
If Clowney re-signs, we could potentially still use late round depth. If he isn’t re-signing or if the Browns don’t know that he will, they need to address this position much earlier in the draft.
Browns Draft Needs: Honorable Mentions
Kicker. If you’ve read this far, this is self explanatory.
Ryan Angelo: Browns 7 Round Mock Draft
|4||118||Jeremy Ruckert||TE||Ohio State|
|6||202||Leon O’Neal Jr.||S||Texas A&M|
|7||223||Josh Sills||G||Oklahoma State|
Ryan Angelo’s Mock Draft Notes:
2.44 – Treylon Burks (WR) – Although I don’t think he will be there at pick 44, Burk’s combination of size and speed might be too hard to pass up. I also considered edge prospect Drake Jackson from USC at this spot.
3.78 – Perrion Winfrey (IDL) – The Browns do not put a premium on defensive tackles and they drafted Togiai in 2021. Winfrey is a good pass rusher for an interior lineman but also lacks in the run game. Might be a reach here.
3.99 – Christian Harris (LB) – Although I think he is likely gone by this pick if he is there how can you pass on him? He’s 6’1” 226lbs and one of the most physical guys in this draft.
4.118 – Jeremy Ruckert (TE) – Head coach Kevin Stefanski loves a tight end who can block and Ruckert is probably the best at it in this draft. His catching ability is above average and underrated.
6.202 – Leon O’Neal Jr. (S) – Depth, Depth, Depth….
7.223 – Josh Sills (G) – Browns could look at a late round pick to provide depth on the offensive line as Joel Bitonio is not getting younger.
7.246 – Mario Goodrich (CB) – He’s only 22 years old and is a little undersized at 176 lbs but could be a nice CB project for the Browns.
Andy Gibbs: Browns 7 Round Mock Draft
Andy Gibbs’ Mock Draft Notes:
2.44 – Travis Jones (IDL) – Jones is the rare interior defender that can stuff the run and rush the passer, both a huge need for the Browns.
3.76 – Alec Pierce (WR) – Pierce is a big body (6’3”, 211 lbs.) with speed, a combination Deshaun Watson could make a great weapon.
3.99 – Kerby Joseph (S) – While not nearly the player Ed Reed was, Joseph possesses the “that ball is mine” attitude you want in a free safety.
4.118 – Myjai Sanders (DE) – Sanders is a solid pass rush prospect that could be a scary counterpart to Myles Garrett in 2022 and in the future.
6.202 – Cade Otton, (TE) – Otton is the best pure blocking tight end in this class, something that they need with only David Njoku and Harrison Bryant on the roster.
7.223 – Andrew Stueber (OT) – Stueber is a project both in his physical build and technique, but could be a valuable utility lineman at tackle and guard, similar to Chris Hubbard.
7.246 – Mario Goodrich (CB) – Goodrich is a cornerback that has played in big games, is a former team captain, and could be successful on special teams from day one.
Griffin Olah: Browns 7 Round Mock Draft
|3||78||Troy Anderson||LB||Montana State|
|6||202||Luke Goedeke||G/T||Central Michigan|
|7||223||Bubba Bolden||S||Miami (FL)|
Griffin Olah’s Mock Draft Notes:
2.44 – George Pickens (WR) – We all know the Browns need a top-tier receiver to pair with Cooper. Pickens is that guy.
3.78 – Troy Andersen (LB) – Andersen is a quick player and a good tackler. He can blitz well and has the athleticism to grow into a good coverage guy, he just needs to work on coverage to handle NFL-caliber tight ends
3.99 – Isaiah Thomas (EDGE) – Thomas is big, but developed slowly at Oklahoma. He broke out this past year with 7.5 sacks and 12 TFLs. If he keeps getting stronger and refines his moves, he can be a solid contributor off the edge.
4.118 – Chris Hinton (DT) – Not the sexiest pick, but he has a high floor. He’s not a project either, and can jump in Year 1 if need be. Solid depth piece for the future.
6.202 – Luke Goedeke (G/T) – Versatile across the line, but needs some work. Bill Callahan will figure it out and he can take the swing tackle role that Hubbard had.
7.223 – Bubba Bolden (S) – Projectable size, but didn’t test well at the combine. His tape looks solid, though, and he has good special teams experience. He could take over for Harrison after next season.
7.246 – Peyton Hendershot (TE) – Former basketball player and super athletic. Not the best blocker, but has good run after the catch ability. With Watson’s love for TEs, Hendershot could develop into a solid target.
Skyler Matthews: Browns 7 Round Mock Draft
|3||99||Dominique Robinson||EDGE||Miami (OH)|
|4||118||Jeremy Ruckert||TE||Ohio State|
|7||223||Matt Araiza||P||San Diego State|
Skyler Matthews’ Mock Draft Notes:
2.44 – George Pickens (WR) – The 6″3 200lbs receiver has the potential to be a star receiver in the NFL. That is what the Browns are looking for early in this draft. Overall very good athlete with speed to get downfield. One of the biggest questions is his blocking. Stronger DB’s have shown to out physical him on run plays at the collegiate level.
3.78 – Brian Asamoah (LB) – The Browns linebacker corps the last couple years has been far from great. I think that Brian Asamoah could change that. He is so quick at reading the play and he has really explosive pursuit speed. One big weakness for Brian is he has to work on pursuit angles since he has way too many bad angles resulting in missed tackles.
3.99 – Dominique Robinson (EDGE) – The Browns have beefed up at EDGE this off-season but I think they will pick up another in the draft, especially if he is available at pick 99. Most boards have him in the top 85.
4.118 – Jeremy Ruckert (TE) – It’s no secret that Kevin Stefanski loves his TE’s. I think he is truly one of the best TE’s in the draft but his skills were a little offset by Ohio State’s explosive offenses the last 3 years with all the weapons they have had at RB and WR. His biggest strength is his hands. I think that when the ball is thrown to him he catches anything and everything. His blocking is great as well. He showed lots of improvement on his blocking by sealing the edge and creating holes for the running backs.
6.202 – Curtis Brooks (DL) – The Browns will use this pick for depth and there’s no better way than to have depth on the defensive line. Brooks has had flashes in college to show he could be a really good rotational defensive lineman in the NFL. One big thing that jumps out that is hurting his stock is he is undersized for an NFL interior defensive lineman. One thing I really like is his bull rush he showed a lot last year and he got home having 8 sacks last season.
7.223 – Matt Araiza (P) – I won’t be the first to tell you that the Browns have lacked in special teams the last few seasons. I do think he most likely will go earlier than this. If he is here there is no shot the Browns don’t take him. Araiza had 18 punts for more than 60 yards and 2 more than 80. He has a leg to flip the field.
7.246 – Vederian Lowe (T) – With this last pick I have the Browns going “best available.” He has been praised for his leadership at Illinois and I think it would be a perfect fit. Just a raw prospect who could learn behind Jack Conklin and Chris Hubbard and be the guy after them.
Jared Bates: Browns 7 Round Mock Draft
|6||202||Matt Araiza||P||San Diego State|
Jared Bates’ Mock Draft Notes:
2.44 – Nik Bonitto (EDGE) – The true rush talent of him alone should be good enough for the Browns to go alongside Myles Garrett.
3.78 – Alec Pierce (WR) – 6’3″… size and speed for this guy plus upside.
3.99 – Kellen Diesch (T) – I don’t think they will take a tackle but with Conklin injuries just a back up.
4.118 – Kyle Philips (WR) – After testing high at the Senior Bowl… could be an interesting pick in the 4th round.
6.202 – Matt Araiza (P) – I just like this guy and why not a Kicker and Punter?
7.223 – Noah Elliss (DT) – Just a big body in the middle of the line.
7.246 – Cameron Latu (TE) – Just a guess… and why not Power 5 school and 6’5 250lbs?… do think they will take a TE earlier though.
Ryan Murphy: Browns 7 Round Mock Draft
|2||44||Skyy Moore||WR||Western Michigan|
|3||78||DeMarvin Leal||DT||Texas A&M|
|4||118||Charlie Kolar||TE||Iowa State|
|7||246||Jayden Peevy||DL||Texas A&M|
Ryan Murphy’s Mock Draft Notes:
2.44 – Skyy Moore (WR) – It is debatable he will even be available at this pick; however, this is a perfect receiver to pair with Amari Cooper and Donovan Peoples-Jones. Moore can provide a serious underneath passing threat with serious YAC potential. He fits the Browns age mold, as he does not turn 22 years old until the start of next season.
3.78 – DeMarvin Leal (DT) – This is a guy who was a highly projected draft prospect before this past college season. Some of that hype fell off, but this is a talented guy who can provide rotational depth rushing the passer on the interior for the Browns.
3.99 – Josh Paschal (EDGE) – Better against the run, Paschal is someone who has not been mentioned along with the other EDGE members of this draft class. However, he was first team All-SEC in 2021 and is a strong leader in Kentucky’s locker room. This would be a very solid addition to a strong defensive end room, assuming Jadeveon Clowney is back.
4.118 – Charlie Kolar (TE) – Kolar is a solid short and intermediate route runner. Although a big body at 6’6” 252 pounds, Kolar struggles in the run blocking game. He also struggles with drops. However, this is a nice sized TE with nice traits to develop behind David Njoku and Harrison Bryant.
6.202 – Curtis Brooks (DL) – I would not reach too early on Brooks, as he is undersized for the average NFL interior defensive lineman. However, I do not mind throwing a dart at the dart board this late in the draft. He has solid strength, helping to overcome his size disadvantage. He was able to account for 8 sacks last season from his defensive tackle spot.
7.223 – Bubba Bolden (S) – This late in the draft, it is time to take players who were highly rated coming into college. Bolden is a very fluid athlete who can cover over the top, but lacks much production in college.
7.246 – Jayden Peevy (DL) – A big body who can stuff the run, this would be a nice pick this late in the draft. He has flashes of dominance at times, but struggles showing it consistently. Would be one of the more exciting seventh round picks.
Steven Giles: Browns 7 Round Mock Draft
|3||78||Abraham Lucas||T||Washington State|
|3||99||Jalen Tolbert||WR||South Alabama|
|6||202||Jermaine Waller||CB||Virginia Tech|
|7||223||Connor Heyward||TE||Michigan State|
|7||246||Malcolm Rodriguez||LB||Oklahoma State|
Steven Giles’ Mock Draft Notes:
2.44 – David Ojabo (EDGE) – This is a trademark Andrew Berry pick.
3.78 – Abraham Lucas (T) – Zone scheme fit… gets to second level fluidly and has starter potential at RT right away.
3.99 – Jalen Tolbert (WR) – Can produce right away and maybe down the road start full time ..big YAC guy, tracks the ball and separates with the best in this draft class.
4.118 – Zachary Carter (DT) – Versatile defensive lineman that can play the “3 tech.” Probably more set to be a 4-3 DE. Freak athlete with big upside that can rush the passer. Joe woods kind of player
6.202 – Jermaine Waller (CB) – Pure ballhawk. Makes plays in front of him but might really just be a slot CB… he makes plays when he sees the ball. Plays faster then his 40.
7.233 – Connor Heyward (TE) – Utility/gadget tight end. Big bodied and could really embrace the third TE role as a a blocker and is deceivingly quick for his frame. Can play FB and H back as well.
7.246 – Malcolm Rodriguez (LB) – Small for LB ( 5’11- 230 lbs. range ). He ran a 4.52 in the 40. Sideline to sideline guy. Decent against the pass and has a nose for tackling. Replaces Mack Wilson on special teams day 1.
Craig Fountain: Browns 7 Round Mock Draft
|2||44||Skyy Moore||WR||Western Michigan|
|6||202||Jalen Wydermyer||TE||Texas A&M|
|7||246||Bubba Bolden||S||Miami (FL)|
Craig Fountain Mock Draft Notes:
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