The 2022 NFL Draft is a wrap and here’s a quick recap.
Pick Number 108. Perrion Winfrey, DT, Oklahoma, (6’4″, 290 lbs.). A two-year starter at Oklahoma and the Senior Bowl MVP. A high-energy player who is explosive off the snap and can provide pressure from the interior. Will be a rotational contributor right away. Finished his career at Oklahoma with 42 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and six sacks.
Pick Number 124. Cade York, K, LSU, (6’1″, 206 lbs.). Three-year starter and the number one kicker in the 2022 draft. In his career at LSU, he was 56 of 66 in field goals and 164 of 168 in extra points. From 50+ yards he was 15 for 19 with his longest being 57 yards. Made several high-pressure kicks including the 57-yarder which was a game-winner against Florida with 27 seconds left in the game.
Pick Number 156. Jerome Ford, RB, Cincinnati, (5’10”, 210 lbs.). A starter his last year at Cincinnati, where he rushed for 1319 yards on 215 carries (6.1 yard average), caught 21 passes for 220 yards (10.5 yard average) and scored 20 touchdowns. A very explosive back who can run away from defenders. With both Kareem Hunt and D’Ernest Johnson not signed past 2022, this is a pick for the future. Could return kicks.
Pick Number 202, James Woods, WR, Oklahoma, (6’1″, 200 lbs.). He played at Arkansas before transferring to Oklahoma. In his college career, started 37 of 42 games where he had 118 receptions for 1648 yards and 12 touchdowns. Because of his size, has a very good catch radius. A linear route runner with good speed. Comes into an already crowded wide receiver room.
Pick Number 223, Isaiah Thomas, DE, Oklahoma, (6’5″, 266 lbs.). A two-year starter at Oklahoma who led the team in sacks those two years (7.5 & 7). Average burst off the line of scrimmage but makes up for it with the strength to force offensive linemen backward. Can set the edge against the run and move inside in sub-packages. Will compete for the fourth edge rusher.
Pick Number 246, Dawson Deaton, C, Texas Tech, (6’5″, 306 lbs.). A three-year starter who started 35 games over his four-year career. Also started one game at left tackle and one at left guard. Appears to be insurance for training camp but could push back-up center Ethan Pocic. A very athletic blocker who has good lateral movement in pass blocking and is solid as a run blocker. Has very quick hands.
All in all, the Browns addressed their needs in this draft primarily wide receiver, defensive line and kicker. They drafted four players on offense, four players on defense and one specialist. Well it lacks in the star power NFL fans yearn for, the Browns roster was very talented prior to the draft and all the team was drafting for was depth and the future. Now we wait for the rookie undrafted free agent signing and I don’t doubt this front office will find more talent.