Grading Dane Brugler’s 2-round Cleveland Browns 2022 mock draft

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The Cleveland Browns are back in the top half of the draft, and when Mel Kiper Jr. and Dane Brugler start mocking, you know it’s time to pay attention to the 2022 NFL Draft.

In-season mocks generally had the Browns going with a wide receiver in the first round, while some others reached, mocking quarterbacks Cleveland’s way.

That said, wideouts were generally the selection of choice, and Kiper continued the trend, predicting the Browns will take Ohio State’s Garrett Wilson with the 13th overall pick.

If the Browns leave the first round with Wilson, no Cleveland fan will complain, however, I wonder if Cleveland can do better. USC receiver Drake London, who is 6-foot-5, went a few picks earlier than Wilson.

I argued that the best receivers in the AFC North are bigger wideouts capable of going up and plucking the ball out to the air (Ja’Marr Chase, Chase Claypool). I also reminded everyone of how analytics delivered Cleveland another small wide receiver in the middle of the first round, Corey Coleman. Swing and a miss.

That’s not to say Wilson can’t be a great player, but with quarterback listed at 6-foot-1 who struggles to throw from the pocket, a bigger target would be more helpful.

Here’s a look at the players Brugler mocks to the Browns (subscription required).