Cleveland Browns NFL mock draft: plugging defensive holes

Browns, NFL mock draft, Tyler Davis. Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports
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Browns, NFL mock draft, Rashee Rice. Mandatory Credit: Tim Flores-USA TODAY Sports /

Cleveland Browns 3rd round pick No. 96- Rashee Rice, wide receiver, SMU

The passing attack so far in 2022 has been pretty effective but the team could still use more depth and playmaking ability at wide receiver. Rashee Rice is a player that would fit in well in Cleveland at 6-foot-2 and 203 pounds and with long arms, he provides a great target for quarterbacks. He’s a smooth route runner that accelerates quickly and has good top-level speed to make explosive plays in the passing game.

Cleveland Browns 4th round pick No. 115- Rashad Torrence II, safety, Florida

The safety position was thought by some to be a position of strength going into the season and has been underwhelming for the team so far. The Browns could use a deep safety with versatility and the ability to prevent the deep ball and explosive play and Rashad Torrence can do just that. Torrence has good acceleration and play recognition to move laterally around the field in the passing game and isn’t afraid to come up and make a play in the run game as well.

Cleveland Browns 4th round pick No. 122- Payton Wilson, linebacker, NC State

It isn’t a secret that when Anthony Walker went down and was replaced by Jacob Phillips the level of play on the second level dropped dramatically. In Payton Wilson’s last full season of play in 2020 he registered 108 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and 2 interceptions for the wolfpack of North Carolina State. He’s a player that has a high motor and can be a consistent tackler that will make the play when he gets his hands on the ball carrier.