Bengals: Grading every AFC North team’s 2022 draft

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Cleveland Browns

The Browns didn’t have a pick until Round 3, 68th overall in 2022 as a result of trading out of the second round, despite having a huge need at WR, and this draft being extremely deep at the position.

Ah, Browns are gonna Brown, aren’t they?

With the aforementioned pick, the Browns drafted Martin Emerson, a cornerback from Mississippi State. This, despite the newly extended Denzel Ward, Greedy Williams, Troy Hill, and last year’s first-round pick Greg Newsom II; A curious addition to a crowded position.

The Browns drafted at another glaring need position in Round 3 snagging Alex Wright, the DE from UAB. Wright is a good player who should come in and get snaps from Day 1.

Finally, at the end of Round 3, the Browns addressed receiver by adding David Bell from the football factory of Perdue.

Bell is 6’0″, 212 pounds, but he is a catch machine in much the mold of the departed Jarvis Landry; A decent enough pick if he can fill that underneath role.

Perrion Winfrey, the defensive tackle from Oklahoma was a steal in the fourth round and will slide into the rotation immediately.

The only other notable pick was Round 5 where the Browns added Cincinnati Bearcat Jerome Ford to a running back room that includes Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, D’Ernest Johnson, and Demetric Felton.

Something has to give there, and it’s hard to tell who will go, but if the Browns try to slip Ford onto the practice squad, he will be there about a minute. Odd pick considering they had other needs.