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3 Players the Browns Need to Avoid With Their Top Draft Pick

Devon Platana
Three players that the Cleveland Browns need to avoid with their top draft pick.
Three players that the Cleveland Browns need to avoid with their top draft pick. / Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns will be without a first-round selection at the 2022 NFL Draft after moving the pick to the Houston Texans as a part of the Deshaun Watson trade.

The good news for Browns fans is that their team still holds the 44th overall selection as their top pick of the three-day event, allowing them to continue their offseason transformation, As always, though, there are certain mistakes that Cleveland's management should avoid making at No. 44.

Here's a look at three players that the Browns need to avoid with their top draft pick later this month.

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1. Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State

The Browns are currently somewhat thin at the wideout position at this point of the offseason, making it one of their top draft priorities. Having said that, they should likely avoid North Dakota State's Christian Watson. Although he reached career-highs in receptions (43), yards (800) and touchdowns (seven) last Fall, Watson had issues with dropped passes. He recorded 16 drops on a total of 120 catchable passes across his collegiate career, which may be concerning for NFL teams. He also faced lesser competition at North Dakota State, so it remains to be seen what happens once the skill ramps up at the professional level. In other words, Cleveland is better off letting someone deal with Watson.

2. David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan

Jadeveon Clowney has yet to re-sign with the Browns, leaving them with a big hole opposite to Myles Garrett on Cleveland's defense. David Ojabo is one edge rusher that the Browns could target, although, they shouldn't. On one hand, Ojabo recently tore his Achilles at Michigan's Pro Day, so he likely won't be available to start the 2022 NFL season. He's also relatively inexperienced, only having one high school season and one year as a Wolverines starter under his belt, so the jury is still out on who he really is. The Browns can't afford to spend significant time on a project, making Ojabo a player to avoid.

3. Logan Hall, DL, Houston

The Browns have not found sound replacements for both Larry Ogunjobi and Sheldon Richardson's departures after the 2020 campaign. Although the Browns will have plenty of options for help on the defensive line, one player to avoid is Logan Hall. While the 6-foot-6, 283-pound Houston defender had a career season in 2021, it remains to be seen if that was an anomaly or something he can do consistently. Scouts have also listed him as having trouble with double teams and will need significant coaching to become more fluid at the NFL level. With the Browns hoping to win a championship as early as next season, Hall is another project player worth avoiding.

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.