NFL Draft: Cleveland Browns Day 2 Fits

The Cleveland Browns have three picks on day two of the 2022 NFL Draft. They are picks 44, 78, and 99. The Browns have plenty of needs to fill, and a lot of talented players remain on the board. For more Browns draft information, check out our full seven round Browns Mock Draft. With that being said, let’s get into some Browns NFL Draft Day 2 fits.

Wide Receiver

Pick 44

George Pickens, Georgia
George Pickens 2022 Browns Day 2 Fits
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The Browns have an X that they seem to like in Donovan Peoples-Jones, but George Pickens provides a lot more upside. He has great athleticism and is a very physical player.

Skyy Moore, Western Michigan

Skyy Moore is a versatile player who can fill a variety of roles for the Browns. He can be a plug-and-play starter as the number two opposite of Amari Cooper, and fit in the slot in three wide-receiver sets with Donovan Peoples-Jones.

John Metchie III, Alabama

Cleveland has a need at slot, and John Metchie can be an immediately productive player there. He is very polished and would be a valuable player. Metchie could fall to 78 since he is coming off a torn ACL and is not an elite athlete.

Christian Watson, North Dakota State

Christian Watson is an elite athlete, but doesn’t fit the Browns traditional age requirements at the position. However, he is a developmental X that has shown upside with the ball in his hands. He needs to improve his route running, and struggles with ball tracking, but will be selected very highly.

Pick 78

Alec Pierce, Cincinnati

Alec Pierce is another developmental X who is a bit older than the Browns typically like. However, he is a newer player to the position and has elite athleticism. He is a better ball tracker than Watson, and would be a great value at 78.

Pick 99

Kyle Philips, UCLA

UCLA receiver Kyle Philips can be an immediate starter for the Browns in the slot. This is a good value for a player who has limited upside but a high floor. Philips is my number eleven receiver in the class, but could be available even at 118 on day three.

Jalen Tolbert, WR, South Alabama

Another developmental X, Jalen Tolbert can once again help provide a downfield threat. He is a great athlete with very good ball tracking. However, Tolbert has occasional drops, and isn’t a developed route runner.

Edge Rusher

Pick 44

David Ojabo, Michigan

The second of the Michigan edge rushers, David Ojabo has a lot of upside. Ojabo is a good pass rusher already, but has to improve as a run defender. He is a great athlete, but he is coming off an Achilles injury and will miss a majority of the season.

Drake Jackson, USC

Drake Jackson is a high-upside edge rusher whose cardinal trait is his bend. He is one of the youngest players available, and has been in a poor environment. With proper coaching, Jackson could become a double-digit sack player

Boye Mafe, Minnesota

Minnesota’s Boye Mafe was potentially a round one pick due to his upside, but his age made him an unlikely selection. Mafe is a backup option, and would be a top choice at 78 as well.

Arnold Ebiketie, Penn State

Penn State’s Arnold Ebiketie is known for his first step. He also displays solid hand usage. He is a bit undersized for the position, and his age may make him less appealing to the Browns, but he would remain as a backup option — or a favorite if he were to fall to 78.

Pick 78

Josh Paschal, Kentucky

Josh Paschal is a larger base end with inside-out versatility who will be a long-term starter in the league. Paschal is a very good run defender, who could even fall to 99.

Cameron Thomas, San Diego State

San Diego State’s Cameron Thomas is a high effort player who will win in the NFL in much the same way. He can be a rotational defensive end who provides the Browns with a player to fill in for Myles Garrett, and to allow him to kick inside in certain situations.

Kingsley Enagbare, South Carolina

Kingsley Enagbare is another player who is a very strong player, but who needs development as a pass rusher. Enagbare could provide a quality starter opposite Garrett, with some development.

Pick 99

Nik Bonitto, Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s Nik Bonitto would be strictly a designated pass rusher for the Cleveland Browns. However, he would be very good at it and would provide a lot of third down value.

Sam Williams, Ole Miss

A player with previous off-field issues, the Browns may stay away from Sam Williams, but his talent is above other players available at this spot. Williams can be a starting caliber defensive end for the Browns.

Alex Wright, UAB

UAB’s Alex Wright has upside to be a low-end edge two, but more likely than not is a rotational end.

Defensive Tackle

Pick 44

Travis Jones, UCONN
Travis Jones 2022 Browns Day 2 Fits
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Travis Jones is a physical, athletic freak of nature who can be an immediate starter at 1-technique. Jones can be a pocket pusher on passing downs, and be an impact run defender.

Perrion Winfrey, Oklahoma

The Sooners played Perrion Winfrey out of position in regards to where he will play in the NFL. Winfrey played as a nose tackle in college, but will be a 3-technique in the NFL. He has pass rushing upside, but simply hasn’t played the position yet. When in a similar role at the Senior Bowl, Winfrey was excellent.

Logan Hall, Houston

Houston’s Logan Hall is undersized for the position, and is listed as an edge by many, but will primarily be a base end who plays inside on passing downs. Hall is viewed as the top available interior pass rusher left, although personally I prefer Winfrey for the Browns.

DeMarvin Leal, Texas A&M

A former projected top ten selection prior to this past season, DeMarvin Leal struggled as a base end. He lacks the high-end athleticism to be comfortable setting the edge and needs to play along the interior. Leal has the frame to do so, but simply lacks the experience.

Pick 99

Phidarian Mathis, Alabama

There are not any defensive tackles worth a pick at 78 unless one of the top guys falls there from 44. Phidarian Mathis is the next top available defensive tackle. Due to this, he may very well be pushed up the board and be gone by this selection. However, Mathis can be an immediate rotational 1-technique in the NFL.

Tight Ends

Pick 44

Trey McBride, Colorado State

Colorado State’s Trey McBride is the consensus top tight end, and will probably be gone before 78. If the Browns want him, they will either need to maneuver the NFL draft board, or reach for him at 44. He is a solid all-around player and can replace Austin Hooper.

Pick 78

Greg Dulcich, UCLA

Greg Dulcich is a move/F TE who will be used split out a lot in the NFL. He is a good route runner with solid hands who can provide another dependable target for the Browns.

Jeremy Ruckert, Ohio State

Ohio State’s Jeremy Ruckert is a dependable, all-around tight end who lacked college production simply due to the offense not using the position. He is very talented and is someone who could go end up as a starting tight end, but would be best as an elite second tight end.

Pick 99

Cade Otton, Washington

My personal number one tight end in the class, Cade Otton has an intriguing mixture of run after catch ability and blocking skills. He is very aggressive in all aspects of the game.

Jelani Woods, Virginia

Virginia’s Jelani Woods is a bet on traits. While his film is not bad, it does not warrant a late third round selection. However, being one of the best testing tight ends of all time for his size is very intriguing, and his film shows flashes of quality play.

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