Round 4: Nolan Smith, Edge, Georgia
One of the biggest question marks this offseason will be at defensive end. While Myles Garrett is still under contract, Clowney and Takk McKinley will both be out of their one-year contracts.
It feels like Berry really wants to keep Clowney, but it’s doubtful that the organization is able to retain both. McKinley was a former first-round pick who finally flourished in Cleveland, but suffered a season-ending injury late in 2021.
Nolan Smith from Georgia could be the perfect guy to come in and get some early snaps as a rookie. The former five-star recruit was one of Georgia’s biggest landings in the last 10 years but was a slight disappointment until 2021.
Smith is slightly undersized but makes up for it with 4.5 forty-yard dash speed.
Round 4: Isaiah Foskey, Edge, Notre Dame
If the Cleveland Browns would happen to lose Clowney and McKinley, you may see multiple edge rushers taken to fill the void. Foskey could potentially return to Notre Dame, but at 6-foot-5 inches and 260 pounds, he has the prototype defensive end body for an NFL edge rusher.
The 2022 draft will have a ton of talent at defensive end, which could allow a guy like Foskey to fall into round four where he may have been a second-round pick in the 2021 draft.
The good news for Foskey, he likely wouldn’t be rushed onto the field and would have time to develop for at least a season. With limited experience, it would be necessary for development.