We are now two weeks into the 2022 offseason and free agency period. A lot has changed around the league and more specifically in Cleveland, Ohio. It is important for us to take a pause and a restock on what has transpired these past fourteen days. With such a flurry of activity, I am sure there are events that may have been missed. Because of all of these transactions there was a shuffling of the draft order. Today we will run through a full seven round Clevleand Browns mock draft. It is important to get a look on how the draft may shake out with fewer picks and updated team needs. Without delay let’s dive in.
The Draft Network was used for this mock draft. Their mock draft tool uses their own rankings so you may see some discrepancy in where other services rank certain prospects. Also be sure to check out our previous Free Agency Reset article.
2.44 – Devonte Wyatt, IDL, Georgia
As we currently stand with this Cleveland Browns roster, the defensive line is a huge need. Luckily for us, Devonte Wyatt out of Georgia falls to us in the second round. Now full disclosure, I believe Wyatt is a first round talent and will not make it this far. However, we must work with what the mock draft gods bless us with. Wyatt measures in at 6’3” and 315 pounds and will be an immediate week one starter.
3.78 – Kingsley Enagbare, EDGE, South Carolina
In the third round the Browns are able to grab Kingsley Enagbare, the edge defender from the University of South Carolina. Myles Garret is arguably a top three edge defender in the league and being able to add opposite him will really help this defense get after the quarterback. The 6’4” 265 pound senior is winning at a 27.3% pass rush win rate and is a headache for opposing offensive lines. With Garret under contract until 2026, these two would make a formidable duo for the entirety of Enagbare’s rookie deal.
3.99 – Alec Pierce, WR, Cincinnati
With their second third round pick the Cleveland Browns finally address the offensive side of the football. Alec Pierce is a true senior who played at the University of Cinncinati. Luckily for Andrew Berry he fits both the age guardrails and the athletic profile he looks for. Pierce measures in at 6’3”and 211 pounds and runs a 4.41. He would immediately make himself available for three wide receiver sets and can learn the nuances of route running from Amari Cooper.
4.118 – Alec Lindstrom, IOL, Boston College
In the fourth round the Cleveland Browns are able to grab some offensive line depth. A good franchise will always draft offensive line depth whenever available. We saw what happened this season when Wills and Conklin were down at times. Get this kid in and let coach Callahan work wonders with him much like he did Wyatt. Lindstorm was a three year starter at center for Boston College.
6.202 – Jermaine Waller, CB, Virginia Tech
In the sixth round we see some value in grabbing a developmental cornerback out of Virginia Tech. Jermaine Waller is a Junior that started all three years for the Hokies. He had an outstanding freshman year in 2019 where he allowed only 20 receptions on 51 targets and 436 coverage snaps. 2020 was a shortened season due to injury and we saw some regression in 2021. This is very similar to LSU’s Derek Stingley Jr. who is currently projected to be a top 15 pick. If the Browns coaching staff were to unlock that freshman talent, Cleveland would be looking at a nice depth corner. Late picks are all about upside. Unfortunately Waller ran a 4.68 at the combine. Hence his availability here at the end of the draft.
7.223 – Jalen Redmond, IDL, Oklahoma
Addressing again an area of need, the Cleveland Browns are able to add a depth piece to the defensive interior front. Redmond is a red-shirt senior out of Oklahoma. He led the Sooners in sacks in 2019 with 6.5, but has missed time throughout his college career. 2018 was cut short due to blood clot issues and in 2020 he chose to opt-out of the COVID year. When he returned in 2021 he was able to post similar numbers to 2019, but the rust was obvious. This late in the draft this is a nice developmental prospect who may one day turn into a rotating piece on the defensive line.
7.246 – Smoke Monday, S, Auburn
With their final selection the Cleveland Browns add a little depth to their safety room. We have some solid starters on the team already and Smoke Monday is just a depth piece. Monday seems to be the type of player that is good at everything, but not exceptional at anything. He will project as a rotational depth piece at the pro level. The final round is a perfect place to grab a player like this.
There is still a lot of free agency left to play out prior to the 2022 NFL draft at the end of the month, but it is good to do a mock now that so many changes have taken place. As it stands today the Browns still have a ton of cap room to make some more signings. Also a potential Baker Mayfield trade may bring in more draft capital for either this year or years going forward.