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3 Browns Veterans Fighting for Their Jobs After 2022 NFL Draft

Devon Platana
Three Cleveland Browns veterans who are fighting for their jobs after the 2022 NFL Draft.
Three Cleveland Browns veterans who are fighting for their jobs after the 2022 NFL Draft. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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The 2022 NFL Draft came and went in a flash last week, leaving the Cleveland Browns with nine new rookies in their possession. Now, it's time to turn their attention to the remainder of the offseason.

With training camps right around the corner, the incoming crop of rookies will be hungry for a job. That's going to put certain veteran players on the hot seat, especially if they underperformed during the 2021 season.

Whether it's because of the incoming rookies or salary cap-related reasons, here are three Browns veterans who are fighting for their jobs after the 2022 NFL Draft.

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1. Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR

A former sixth-round pick, Donovan Peoples-Jones has been decent in his two years with the Browns, catching 48 balls for 901 receiving yards and five touchdowns in 26 games. With Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. gone, there was a realistic chance that Peoples-Jones could've been his team's No. 2 WR behind Amari Cooper. Now that the Browns just used a third-round pick on Purdue's David Bell, that may not be the case. Additionally, Peoples-Jones struggled last season with three drops and a 58.6% catch percentage. If Bell shows up to training camp as advertised and People-Jones continues to be inconsistent, the latter's role could be diminished next season.

2. Taven Bryan, DT

The Browns signed veteran defensive tackle Taven Bryan just a month before the draft, and his job could already be in trouble. Cleveland has since drafted Perrion Winfrey in the fourth round, a player that impressed during the Senior Bowl and is regarded as a disruptive run-defender and underrated pass rusher. Bryan went in the first round of the 2018 draft and was underwhelming for four years in Jacksonville. He received a 56.4 grade from PFF last year. The hope is Bryan can find his groove under a new regime, but he may be fighting for snap counts with the incoming rookie.

3. Kareem Hunt, RB

Kareem Hunt is an extremely talented running back.. when healthy. Injuries have been a big concern for the veteran runner lately, with him missing 15-of-49 games since 2019. The pressure could be on for Hunt once training camp starts after D'Ernest Johnson proved himself to be a viable backup last season. Furthermore, the Browns drafted Cincinnati's Jerome Ford 156th overall last week, upping the competition in the RB room. Other than Nick Chubb, Hunt is easily Cleveland's most accomplished rusher, but the past is the past and the fact of the matter is that he hasn't made the Pro Bowl since he was a rookie. The Browns don't need the cap space that would come from cutting him, but Hunt could see fewer touches if he doesn't prove his health over the coming months.

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