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Cleveland Browns NFL Draft Live Blog (Day 2) - Rumors, Picks, and More

All the latest news, rumors, and nuggets you need to know on Day 2 of the 2022 NFL Draft for the Cleveland Browns.

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[DAY 3 SATURDAY NFL DRAFT LIVE BLOG IS HERE]

The 2022 NFL Draft continues today for rounds 2-3, which means the Cleveland Browns will make their first picks of the weekend! The action for Day 2 of the NFL Draft kicks off tonight at 7:00 PM ET.

We will have all of your Browns-related coverage on the draft here at Dawgs By Nature throughout the weekend. This thread will act as a “live blog,” with updates about the latest small rumors, picks, or trades involving Cleveland or other NFL teams. You should also use the comments section as your NFL Draft open thread! (Newest updates will be at the top of the live blog below)

Browns NFL Draft Live Blog


11:30 PM: Day 2 is officially in the books! The Browns made three draft picks, all in the third round, and still have Baker Mayfield on the roster after things apparently fell through with the Panthers. Does Mayfield get dealt to the Seahawks on Day 3, or will this situation be prolonged?

Tune in to Day 3 of our live blog Saturday morning for all of our coverage again!


11:22 PM: That should conclude the Browns’ Day 2 draft picks. Here is what PFF said about Bell:


11:19 PM: At No. 99 overall, the Browns drafted WR David Bell from Purdue. Our write-up on the pick is here.


10:54 PM: Per Charles Robinson, trade talks between the Browns and Panthers are “halted” because the teams haven’t been able to agree on how much each team would pay of Mayfield’s salary. The Panthers just traded up to draft a quarterback now too, so you have to wonder if they are out of the mix, leaving Seattle as the lone team remaining to trade with.


10:40 PM: The Browns may only have one more pick today, but they are still working the phones for a possible trade of QB Baker Mayfield, per Jeff Howe of The Athletic:


10:22 PM: PFF approved of the selection of Wright at No. 78 overall:


10:15 PM: With the 78th pick, the Browns selected EDGE Alex Wright of UAB. Our write-up on the pick is here. Funny enough, in our DBN Community Mock Draft, Wright was picked to the Browns at No. 78 overall. Cleveland’s final pick of the day will be at No. 99 overall.

Also of note is that DT Travis Jones was taken by the Baltimore Ravens at No. 76 overall.


9:55 PM: The Browns kept their interest in Emerson a bit low key, and got him earlier than some may have projected:


9:51 PM: Here is what Pro Football Focus thought of the Browns’ first pick:

Here is some more insight on what the pick could mean in the future:


9:41 PM: Cleveland selected CB Martin Emerson with their first pick of the draft, coming at No. 68 overall in the third round. Our write-up on the pick is here, but it was a bit of a surprising one, as he had a 5th-round grade.


9:32 PM: The Browns are on the clock!


9:27 PM: It’s weird to be waiting and waiting and waiting, and now bam, the Browns will have three picks in the third round. The Jaguars are up with No. 65, so the Browns’ first pick at No. 68 is coming up shortly. DT Travis Jones would be my pick, but LB Nakobe Dean is also available. I’m sure it’ll be someone unexpected.


8:40 PM: At No. 52 overall, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected WR George Pickens, who was the top player remaining on our big board. He has talent, but also off-the-field issues.


8:18 PM: Per ESPN’s Kimberley Martin, the Panthers’ interest in QB Baker Mayfield “continues to heat up,” and she’s speculating that a trade could happen tonight or this weekend.


8:10 PM: If you want to see the updated list of Browns’ picks, we have a post on that here. We will be keeping that list updated with selections made too. Some fans are upset that the trade allowed the Ravens to snag a good prospect at No. 45 overall:


8:00 PM: So much for a pick — the Browns traded the No. 44 pick to the Houston Texans. Our write-up on the trade is here.


7:55 PM: The Giants are taking WR Wandale Robinson at No. 43. That means the Browns are on the clock. Will it be one of these players?

  • WR George Pickens
  • DT Travis Jones
  • EDGE David Ojabo
  • WR Skyy Moore
  • DT Perrion Winfrey
  • LB Nakobe Dean
  • OT Bernhard Raimann
  • LB Christian Harris
  • S Jaquan Brisker

7:52 PM: The Vikings traded up to No. 42 to take CB Andrew Booth.


7:47 PM: EDGE Boye Mafe is off the board, but the rest is still preserved as the Colts are on the clock at No. 42 now. Cleveland is up soon! Will it be wide receiver, defensive tackle, or an edge rusher? Also interesting of note: the Seahawks passed on taking a quarterback with their two second-round picks.


7:32 PM: The Seahawks are on the clock at No. 40, so Cleveland is just four picks away. Here is the talent remaining on the Browns’ DBN Big Board:

  • WR George Pickens
  • DT Travis Jones
  • EDGE David Ojabo
  • WR Skyy Moore
  • DT Perrion Winfrey
  • EDGE Boye Mafe
  • LB Nakobe Dean
  • CB Andrew Booth
  • OT Bernhard Raimann
  • LB Christian Harris
  • S Jaquan Brisker

7:26 PM: As Ian Rapoport says, it might not be today, but the Panthers’ interest in trading for QB Baker Mayfield is growing.


7:18 PM: Two picks are in: EDGE Logan Hall to the Bucs, and then WR Christian Watson to the Packers. We’re 10 picks away from the Browns now! When we get a little closer, I’ll show an update of who is on the team’s big board.


7:00 PM: As Day 2 of the draft gets underway, here are some names at key positions for Browns fans to keep an eye on:

  • Boye Mafe, DE, Minnesota
  • Travis Jones, DT, Connecticut
  • Skyy Moore, WR, Western Michigan
  • Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State
  • David Ojabo, DE, Michigan
  • Logan Hall, DT, Houston
  • Joshua Paschal, DE, Kentucky
  • George Pickens, WR, Georgia
  • Perrion Winfrey, DT, Oklahoma
  • Cameron Thomas, DE, San Diego State
  • John Metchie III, WR, Alabama

Cleveland’s first selection of the night is currently at No. 44 overall.


1:05 PM: A quick refresher on which selections the Cleveland Browns hold for tonight’s second- and third-round of the NFL Draft:


12:10 PM: One more note about the first round as the six wide receivers selected in the first 20 picks - Drake London, Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave, Jameson Williams, Jahan Dotson and Trevor Burks - were the most in the common draft era, which began in 1967, according to the NFL.


11:25 AM: The first round of the draft felt a bit different with the Cleveland Browns not having a selection, but Browns fans had company as the Browns were one of 10 teams that did not have a first-round selection. That is the most in the common draft era, which began in 1967, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.


10:59 AM: I missed this news yesterday, but Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer noted that the Browns have expressed some interest in free agent DE Jerry Hughes. He’ll be 34 years old this offseason, and although he’s been a starter for the last 8 years in Buffalo, he wouldn’t be in his prime any more. The idea of signing Hughes is unrelated to the draft, though — although it might be influenced by whoever they do or don’t draft today.


10:22 AM: My favorite Day 2 mock draft always comes from Dane Brugler of The Athletic. He mocks rounds 2 and 3, so here is what he is projecting for Cleveland:

Round 2, No. 44: EDGE Drake Jackson, USC - “A young player with disruptive rush traits, Jackson checks a lot of boxes with the Browns.”

Round 3, No. 78: WR Alec Pierce, Cincinnati

Round 3, No. 99: EDGE Alex Wright, UAB

In our DBN Mock Draft, Wright was one of the players picked to go to the Browns. Multiple mock drafters have also mentioned Jackson to Cleveland. Barry Shuck also has a nice article up about some of the top players available who Cleveland should take a look at.


9:30 AM: What are some Day 2 mock drafts picking for the Cleveland Browns? Let’s start with Sports Illustrated, which is picking EDGE rusher Drake Jackson of USC at No. 44:

The Browns could use another pass rusher to take pressure off of Myles Garrett. Even though Jackson wasn’t as productive in 2021 as many had expected, he has plenty of upside due to his length and explosiveness off the edge.

The USA Today is taking WR John Metchie III of Alabama at No. 44:

With a need at wide receiver, the Cleveland Browns use their first pick of the 2022 NFL draft to address that need, adding John Metchie III from Alabama. While Metchie’s season was cut short due to a knee injury, he is a smooth route-runner with some play-making skills after the catch. Just watch his game against Auburn, and his battle against Roger McCreary, and you will come away impressed.


9:20 AM: The same way they dominated on the field last year, the SEC was the star of the first round of the draft with 12 players, highlighted by five from Georgia, being selected.


8:06 AM: Last year, a Baker Mayfield locker was featured at the NFL Fan Experience in Cleveland. For this year's draft in Las Vegas, Nick Chubb had the honor of being featured:


7:52 AM: Today feels like the real start of the NFL Draft. The remaining players on the DBN Big Board heading into Day 2 are below, with the Browns picking at No. 44 in the second round.

If there is a player the Browns covet, it's feasible they could trade up a few spots to grab him. Let us know in the comments section which player you would love Cleveland to have.