Andrew Berry and Cleveland Browns have to retool the wide receiver room. Which wide receivers at the NFL combine got the Browns attention on Thursday night?
The Cleveland Browns went into the 2022 offseason knowing that there were several position groups that were going to need to be overhauled.
Chief among the positional groups needing a facelift was their wide receiver room.
With their NFL combine testing in the rearview, we break down five wide receivers that should have the Browns full attention.
Cleveland Browns attention-grabbing wide receiver No. 1: Christian Watson
Every year at the Senior Bowl down in Mobile, Alabama a player will emerge that did not play for a power five conference. This year, that player was North Dakota State’s Christian Watson. The 6-foot-4 wide receiver put his skills on display during Senior Bowl week and became a name to know ahead of the NFL combine.
With all the hype Watson generated in Mobile, it was a given that the combine could be a huge springboard for his draft status if he tested well. So…how did he fare in Indianapolis? The young man aced it.
Measuring in at all of 6-foot-4 and 208lbs, Watson put up numbers that will only add to the athleticism he displayed in front of the coaches, scouts, and analysts in Alabama. Watson turned in a blistering 40-yard dash, clocking in at 4.36 seconds. A sub 4.4 for an athlete of Watson’s size is a rarity, even among the best wide receivers in the NFL.
Watson also took part in the vertical jump (38.5 inches) and the standing broad jump (136 inches). Bottom line, Watson is an explosive athlete with the metrics to prove it. Now the real question is, how far will his exploits at the combine push him up NFL general manager’s boards?
Going into Mobile, Watson was looked at as a raw prospect with upside that would probably be available on day three. Watson is a rare athlete, that will need to be developed into a nuanced route runner, but with traits like his, the upside is there. After his combine testing, it will be a miracle if Watson is still sitting on the board after the second round.
If the Browns want to land Watson, they are going to have to be bold on day two.