A look at what the Cleveland Browns might do in this April’s NFL Draft before the start of free agency and any signings are made for 2022.
It is that time of year again, the time when you do not have to look far to find a mock draft for the Cleveland Browns. It is pretty universally agreed upon that the Browns need to add playmakers to a wide receiver room that was seriously lacking in that department in 2021.
The Browns will also have free agency to add playmakers but it wouldn’t be a shock to see them add in the draft even after signing one. The mock simulator used in this article does not include the compensatory pick the Browns will receive in the third round.
Wide receiver is far from the only need the Browns have in order to make it back to the NFL playoffs in 2022. The interior of the defensive line was very weak against the run and is likely to lose both starters Malik Jackson and Malik McDowell for different reasons. If the Browns fail to resign Jadeveon Clowney and there will be a need at EDGE as well, especially after Takk McKinley ruptured his Achilles.
Let’s take a look at how the Browns draft in April could turn out.
Round 1 Cleveland Browns pick 13, Drake London, WR USC
Drake London may have the most upside of any receiver in this class, which is saying something as this might be one of the deepest classes we have seen. His physical tools are off the charts, measuring at 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds. He is a big, strong, and powerful receiver that has a knack for making the hard contested catches. His size allows him to go up and outmuscle most defensive backs to make the catch.
London won the Pac 12 Offensive Player of the year despite playing only eight games this year. That’s how much of an impact London has on the football field. Playing in eight games he still finished the season with 89 catches for 1,086 yards and 7 touchdowns. Those seven touchdowns would have been good enough to lead the Browns in receiving touchdowns.
London is also only 20 years old, he will be 21 by the time the season starts this year. So what you see from London isn’t even a finished product yet. He could stand to improve his route running at times and find ways to get a little more separation. But he has the intangibles and things that you cant teach with his size. London has a real shot at being a true difference-maker in the NFL.