The Cleveland Browns were focused on defense in the 2021 NFL Draft and that hasn’t changed as we look ahead with this 2022 NFL Mock Draft
Week 1 is in the books and while the Cleveland Browns are rightfully focused on the Houston Texans in Week 2, we have the luxury of being able to look even further than that with another way-too-early 2022 NFL Mock Draft.
Andrew Berry has been fantastic at drafting over the past two seasons and he focused heavily on the defensive side of the ball in this past draft. He also added a lot of players on one-year deals in free agency to fill holes, which is why we continue that defensive re-tooling here.
Of course, things will change and it’s hard to predict at Week 2 which players will be going in certain rounds, but that won’t stop us from trying as we offer up a prediction of what could happen when the 2022 draft rolls around.
Cleveland Browns Round 1 Pick: Myjai Sanders, EDGE, Cincinnati
Myles Garrett is set as the No. 1 edge rusher in Cleveland and that’s not changing anytime soon. However, there aren’t many players around him locked up beyond this season.
Jadeveon Clowney and Takk McKinley each came over on one-year deals. Both could come back, but it’s also not guaranteed that either will. On top of that, Cleveland will likely be preparing a monster deal for both Baker Mayfield and Denzel Ward, so that means they might need to move on simply to save some money.
That’s why a defensive end makes sense at this spot and Myjai Sanders is the choice in this mock. Listed at 6-foot-5 and 255-pounds, Sanders is long and athletic. His speed on one side would be a great complement to the power that Garrett brings on the other — although he can be a blur too.
Sanders has gotten off to a slow start this season but he had 11 sacks over the past two years and appears to be the real deal.