The Browns have already shown what they need in the 2022 NFL Draft.
The Browns season isn’t over but they’ve well-established what they should be looking for in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft. A lot of their warts have been exposed and the team does need some help at key positions.
It turns out that not every free agent and draft addition have in fact done the job as desired. Not only that, but the team could definitely use a playmaking pass catcher, a position they haven’t had since Jarvis Landry suffered a devastating hip injury that required surgery.
These aren’t the only positions the Browns could bolster in the draft but these are the ones that make the most sense due to positional failings and contractual issues.
Three positions of need the Browns have in the 2022 NFL Draft
Right now you could make a case for linebacker and defensive tackle too, but considering that there’s more youth there than not, safety needs to be addressed. The position is young but Ronnie Harrison is too wild to be trusted and Grant Delpit looks like anything but a starting safety in the NFL. John Johnson III has also looked bad most of the year but his contract ensures he’s sticking around, just like Austin Hooper. This should be a position explored in the second round.
The Browns should look for a new running back come the third round. Demetric Felton has speed but he’s clearly not someone the coaching staff trusts running the ball. D’Ernest Johnson is a free agent and will likely chase down some money. Nick Chubb has missed games in each of the last two years and that’s never a good sign. Kareem Hunt may also make missing time a new trend as well as he gets older. Plus he’s also heading into the last year of his deal.
The Browns need new wide receivers. Relying on sixth-round picks Donovan Peoples-Jones and Felton is a fool’s errand. The team needs to take a shot at the best available prospect at the position in the first round; unless there are just none worth having. Jarvis Landry was never a speedster and then he suffered that career-altering hip injury, which really had an impact on his performance. Anthony Schwartz could be something if he learns to run routes better and beyond them, there isn’t a playmaker worth talking about. The team needs some more help at the position.