The NFL draft is less than two weeks away. That’s a reminder. I guess because the Browns don’t have a first-round pick, only true draft alcoholics like myself are reading draft guides, having fun with draft simulators and critiquing other mock drafts. Even without a first-round pick, the 2022 NFL draft is very important to the Browns’ already loaded roster. With holes at wide receiver and defensive line, GM Andrew Berry needs to continue his draft magic. For mock draft number three, I’m assuming Jadaveon Clowney and Sheldon Day will sign before off-season workouts start next Tuesday. I have no clue what’s going on at wide receiver, but I’m going to guess the Browns will sign one more veteran WR. This week no simulator or quotes for experts, just my best guess. Let’s go.
Number 44, George Pickens, WR, Georgia. A tall (6’3″, 200lbs.) fast wide receiver. Pickens excels in the passing game. While I know the Browns have interest in other wide receivers in this draft (Burks, Watson) they’ll both be off the board at pick 44. The number one priority this off-season was to improve the passing game, Pickens will help achieve that goal.
Number 78, Kingsley Enagbare, Edge, South Carolina. Enagbare (6’4″, 265lbs.) was a starter his last two years at South Carolina. An excellent pass rusher who applies pressure with his burst and power. Would be a rotational player who would come in on passing downs in DC Joe Woods’ scheme.
Number 99, Greg Dulcich, TE UCLA. Dulcich (6’4″, 148lbs.) like Pickens excels in the passing game. He is a good route runner who would thrive in the intermediate passing routes against safety coverage. Good hands and a great catch passing radius.
Number 118, Phidarian Mathis, IDL, Alabama. Mathis (6’4″, 310lbs.) is a versatile defensive lineman in that he can line up anywhere on the defensive line. A good run defender who can also provide an interior pass rush. In 2021 he had 40 tackles, nine tackles for loss and seven sacks.
Number 202, Reed Blankenship, S, MTSU. Blankenship (6’1″, 196lbs.) is a sure tackler who projects as a third safety. He was a multi-year captain and a core special teams player.
Number 223 Vederian Lowe, OT, Illinois. Lowe (6’5″, 320 lbs.) logged 52 career starts for Illinois which is a team record. A true offensive tackle who could be a starter down the line with the help of a good offensive line coach and the Browns have one of the best. Did well in both pass protection and the run game.
Number 246, Kyler McMichael, CB, North Carolina. McMichael (6’0″, 205lbs.) has good size and is a physical corner, he likes to disrupt receivers early in their routes. He has great technique and because of his physicality is very strong as a run defender.
Possible rookie UDFA. WR Trevon Bradford, Oregon State, Edge Tariquious Tisdale, Mississippi, RB Rachaad White, Arizona State and K/P Matt Araiza, San Diego St.
With the exception of Blankenship, the other draftees are all from power five college teams. Prior to this year, Berry has only drafted one player not from a power five conference, TE Harrison Bryant. I believe this year will be no different. Most of these players are multi-year starters or seniors. While not all follow Berry’s age guidelines, Pickens does, he just turned 21 in March. Let me know what you think, after last night’s Cavaliers game I can take a little criticism over a mock draft.