What the Cleveland Browns Must Do in 2022

Before I dive into this article, I am an Atlanta Falcons fan but a part of me low-key cheers for the Cleveland Browns. For the most part, there are some amazing human beings I am proud to know that are diehard Browns fans. Secondly, my last name is Brown, and so, in my already sleepless mind, I am connected to them.

The 2021 season for Cleveland reads like a soap opera. All in all, Odell Beckham Jr.’s departure to the drama surrounding their quarterback, Baker Mayfield.

With two games left this year for the Browns (at Cincinnati & vs. Pittsburgh).), there is a chance to see the postseason. At 7-8, no margin for error as they must win both games, along with help.

However, that is this year, and my focus is on 2022. Here are two things must do in 2022.

Cleveland Should Explore Options at Quarterback

To clarify, before some of the Dawg Pound comes at me in a vitriolic manner, I am not running Mayfield out of the building. Back in April of this year, the team picked up his fifth-year option for 2022. The option is worth $18.858,000. This season, Mayfield is fourth in percentage of poor throws per pass attempt (21.1%) and 24th among QBs in the percentage of on-target throws per pass attempt (75.1%). This excludes spikes and throwaways.

He will be there, but it does not hurt to look around. In the draft class of 2022, I do not see a QB coming in and being better than Baker. On the other hand, I could be wrong.

There could be some big names available via trade. Quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, or Derek Carr. General manager Andrew Berry will have a projected cap space of $35.1 million in 2022. He could see what Green Bay, Seattle, and Las Vegas would want in return.

Conversely, Wilson has a no-trade clause in his contract, so he controls his fate should the Seahawks decide to move him.

Cleveland: Draft a WR in the 1st round

Last year, Cleveland drafted linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah out of Notre Dame in the second round of the last year’s NFL Draft. There is plenty of depth defensively in the upcoming 2022 draft class and could look to shore up their outstanding front seven in later rounds.

Here, get a WR to help with a passing game. Currently, the team is 29th in receptions (287), tied for 28th in TD receptions (17), and 26th in receiving yards.

As I have noted, the passing game did not do any favors for the receiving core. Players like Jarvis Landry and Austin Hooper have seen a decline in their productivity since joining Cleveland.

Although this may be true, the verdict is still out on wide receivers Donovan Peeples-Jones and Anthony Schwartz and tight end Harrison Bryant.

Without a doubt, two of the best wide receivers in the 2022 draft class are in-state: Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson of Ohio State.

Olave is sixth in college football in TD receptions with 13 while Wilson is seventh with 12. If Berry can snag one of these two talents, it would upgrade their WR core rather quickly.

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Featured Image: Cleveland Browns Fan Fest, Author: Eric Drost June 6, 2015

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