CLEVELAND — The 2022 NFL Draft runs through Saturday, and every Cleveland Browns draft pick will be analyzed here.
Here’s a look at how each player selected by Cleveland will fit.
Round 3, No. 68 overall: Martin Emerson, CB, Mississippi State
My opinion : The Browns were in dire need of a wide receiver, defensive tackle and defensive end (the latter at least until pass thrower Jadeveon Clowney re-signed). And yet, Cleveland came back from the second round, then selected a corner with their first draft pick in the third round. At first glance, it’s hard to see where Emerson stands, at least in the short term. The Browns just gave Denzel Ward a massive extension and spent a first-round pick last year on Greg Newsome II. They also have Greedy Williams and Troy Hill in the cornerback rotation. In the QB-laden AFC, you can never have enough corners. The Browns put this theory to the test.
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Round 3, No. 78 overall: Alex Wright, DE, UAB
My opinion : Outside of All-Pro Myles Garrett, the Browns don’t have much in the form of budding young talent along their defensive line. Snagging Wright gives them a player who fills a need, both short-term (pending Clowney’s re-signing) and long-term. Wright should have plenty of opportunities to show what he can do with Garrett getting all the attention on the other side.
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Round 3, No. 99 overall: David Bell, WR, Purdue
My opinion : The Browns entered the weekend needing to give new QB Deshaun Watson another passer. Finally, at the end of Day 3, that’s exactly what they did to Bell, who didn’t dominate at the combine, but was ultra-productive for the Boilermakers, with an FBS record of 232 receptions since 2019. Cleveland will be counting on Bell to complete No. 1 WR Amari Cooper undercover right away.
And after: The Browns will have a chance to control the fourth round, with three of the first 18 picks on Day 3 (108, 118, 124). Cleveland still needs help with defensive tackle and wide receiver, but the position to watch might be a kicker. The Browns have struggled to find a long-term answer to the kicker in recent years. With several intriguing options on the board, like LSU’s Cade York and Texas’ Cameron Dicker, among others, kicker could be the position to watch for the Browns on the final day of the draft.