Cleveland Browns position to upgrade No. 1 – Wide Receiver
Let me share a secret with you, the first two positions to fix were fun to read about, but the Cleveland Browns will be drafting a wide receiver with their number one pick in 2022. Berry fought it off last year, but with the Odell Beckham debacle and Jarvis Landry cap hit in 2022, there’s no way around it this year.
The wide receiver room will likely consist of Donovan Peoples-Jones and Anthony Schwartz come draft time. There will be a few others with no experience but expect Landry and Rashard Higgins to be gone.
The good news, there is a ton of talent in this draft at the position. The bad news, it feels like wide receiver is the easiest position to miss when drafting as well.
A guy like Garrett Wilson is the perfect fit in this system. Not only can he be explosive down the field, but he is also an elite route runner and is fantastic at getting separation. This offense has lacked that for so long, there is no doubt that Baker Mayfield would instantly become his best friend.
Wilson is the best option, but there is a chance that he is off the board by No. 13, and then options B, C, and D come into play. A guy like Drake London who is 6-foot-5, or Jameson Williams who could have been the top receiver before his ACL tear in the National Title game, or last but not least, Wilson’s partner in crime at Ohio State, Chris Olave.
I personally like Wilson, Williams, London, and Olave in order of best fit. Olave may very well be a great NFL wide receiver, but I don’t see his game translating as well to the NFL. You can’t just run streaks and be successful.
London is a huge target, but that isn’t the biggest need for the Browns. They need a guy who can get open over the middle of the field.