The Cleveland Browns get back to business, with Andrew Berry and company heading to Indy for the 2022 NFL Combine.
Here’s four things we’ll be looking for as the Combine takes place from March 1-7.
1. Browns and Garrett Wilson’s speed
The mocks are no stranger to sending a wide receiver Cleveland’s way, but because the Browns pick at 13th, it’s impossible to predict who will be available.
Some favor a bigger target such as Arkansas wideout Treylon Burks or 6-foot-5 USC Trojan Drake London.
I’ll be watching Garrett Wilson, because above all else, I think Andrew Berry and Paul DePodesta will favor his speed. And remember how the combine works–If Wilson leaves flames on the field at Indy, it’s all you’ll hear about for a week.
We’ll also get a real measurement on Wilson, who’s listed at 6-foot. It’s not lost on me that Paul DePodesta was on the payroll as Chief Strategy Office and Andrew Berry was on staff when Cleveland made Corey Coleman a first round pick.
He was pegged as quick, fast and shifty, pretty much what they’re saying about Wilson.
2. Desmond Ridder as developmental project?
Not too long, I was preparing the Browns to make a JOK style move for Liberty QB Malik Willis should he fall to the second round. A strong week at the Senior Bowl probably ensured he goes in the first round, while a great combine can really send his stock soaring.
Since Willis is probably not in play for the Browns, I’ll be looking at Desmond Ridder in the second round. The University of Cincinnati product is kind of flying beneath Willis, Kenny Pickett and Matt Corral and Sam Howell–which is great for Cleveland, if they’re considering a developmental quarterback.
Ridder works if Baker Mayfield is here in 2022, or if the Browns go with someone else, such as a Kirk Cousins type.
3. Browns at Combine: Any D-Lineman blow front office away?
If the Browns don’t go with a receiver in the first round, the expectation is that they’ll go with an edge rusher to complement Myles Garrett. I think it’d be a mistake as the receiving corps has no impact players.
We’ll see who shines in the Underwear Olympics, though, because if the elite receivers are gone by the time the Browns pick–and anything is possible–a DE could very well be in play.
4. Browns at Combine: QB dominos start to fall?
With all the higher-ups together in the same city, one would think we’ll get some rumors going involving which quarterbacks are moving where.
More importantly, what doesn’t get talked about? The trade that actually happen are the ones that usually no one is reporting on.