Cleveland Browns 3-Round 2022 Mock Draft

With the Scouting Combine in the rearview mirror, teams are in the home stretch before the 2022 NFL Draft. Cleveland Browns general manager Andrew Berry must understand this is a pivotal draft for the front office.

Cleveland has been busy this offseason, making multiple splashes. The front office traded for quarterback Deshaun Watson and wide receiver Amari Cooper. With the AFC getting more talented across the board, Kevin Stefanski’s squad still has plenty of work to do to become a legitimate Super Bowl contender.

As a result of the trades, the Browns don’t pick until the second round and have three selections in the first three rounds. With several pressing roster needs, Cleveland can’t afford to miss with its first three picks. Here’s a look at how Berry and the front office could approach Rounds 1 through 3.

Round 2, No. 44 overall: DeMarvin Leal, DT, Texas A&M

Texas A&M's DeMarvin Leal could be a prime target for the Browns in the NFL Draft
Texas A&M Aggies defensive lineman DeMarvin Leal in action against the LSU Tigers | John Korduner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

DeMarvin Leal might be one of the most frustrating prospects in the 2022 NFL Draft class. The former five-star prospect garnered a lot of hype heading into the 2021 season.

Leal recorded 58 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, and one forced fumble in 11 games. While he earned Consensus All-American honors, his numbers don’t exactly jump off the page. His film leaves you wanting more, as he left some plays on the field.

The Browns desperately need to get better up front, and Leal is one of the highest upside defensive line prospects in the class. At 6-foot-4, 283 pounds, the Aggies standout has exceptional athleticism for his size. He has experience playing on the edge and the interior. His explosiveness on the inside likely makes that position a better fit for him in the NFL.

Cleveland was decent against the run in 2021, allowing 109.2 rushing yards per game and 13 touchdowns. Still, the Browns could’ve used better production from their defensive tackles. Leal’s versatility could be a valuable asset playing alongside Myles Garrett and possibly Jadeveon Clowney.

Round 3, No. 78 overall: John Metchie III, WR, Alabama

Wide receiver was easily the biggest position of need for the Browns heading into the offseason. They released Odell Beckham Jr. midseason. The front office also recently cut Jarvis Landry, even though the team could try to re-sign him. The front office did make a splash by acquiring Amari Cooper from the Dallas Cowboys, though.

Cooper has the tools to step in a be the No. 1 receiver this offense previously lacked. As long as Deshaun Watson can play, the four-time Pro Bowler could be in for a career year. Cleveland must continue to add talent to the position regardless of Landry’s status.

John Metchie III is one of the most exciting wideouts in the NFL draft. The Alabama star is recovering from an ACL tear, but he made some truly special plays during his college career. He recorded 151 receptions, 2,058 receiving yards, and 14 touchdowns between his sophomore and junior seasons.

Metchie possesses top-end speed and explosiveness to break tackles in open field. Given his size and tools, he projects as a slot at the next level. The Crimson Tide star could be the perfect complement to Cooper and Donovan Peoples-Jones on the outside.

Round 3, No. 99 overall: Myjai Sainders, EDGE, Cincinnati

The Browns grabbed DeMarvin Leal in the second round, but they must address the front seven throughout the 2022 NFL Draft. Leal is most likely more impactful as an interior defensive lineman, so the front office should look to add depth on the edge.

Jadeveon Clowney is an unrestricted free agent. Andrew Berry and company would love to have him back, so it will be interesting to see if the two sides can get a deal done. Either way, Cleveland shouldn’t hesitate to add more talent to the position in the draft.

Myjai Sanders could still be on the board for the Browns’ second third-round selection. The Cincinnati Bearcats standout has one of the quickest first steps in the class. He enjoyed a productive college career, registering 112 tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks, and 12 passes defended in three years as a starter.

Some scouts may have concerns about his slender build (6-foot-5, 228 pounds). However, Sanders possesses excellent quickness and length. At worst, he could be a situational pass rusher for the Browns. Expect him to enter the league with a chip on his shoulder.

All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference and College Football Reference

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