The Cleveland Browns added depth and filled holes in the 2022 NFL Draft, but the rest of the AFC North did the same thing.
It is hard to believe that the 2022 NFL Draft is now in the history books, but it has passed us by and now we can spend some time evaluating what various teams did. Now, we won’t truly know how good this draft class is for another three or four years, but we can still discuss what we think will transpire. The Cleveland Browns finally had a draft where it didn’t feel like whoever they drafted had to come in and start right away like in years past.
The Browns made nine picks in total and got some tremendous value that should be beneficial not only this year but for years to come. General manager Andrew Berry was able to flip the No. 44 pick into three additional picks, which in turn resulted in a cornerback, defensive tackle, and a kicker.
The AFC North in totality had a relatively successful draft and some really talented players will be facing the Browns twice a year now. The Baltimore Ravens yet again killed the draft and made a ton of value and impact picks, which doesn’t bode well for the rest of the division. The Pittsburgh Steelers were in a position that they haven’t had to even think about for the better part of two decades; finding a franchise quarterback. The reigning, defending AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals added some pieces they feel will help them get back to the Super Bowl this season.
There were even players that were linked and mocked to the Browns that went to other teams within the division, which I’m sure will be the players that somehow hurt this team moving forward. I mean, that would be the Browns luck, wouldn’t it?
Let’s take a look at what exactly the rest of the AFC North did over the weekend at the NFL Draft.