With at least one of their day-two picks in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns should find a receiving target for Deshaun Watson.
After the Cleveland Browns made a huge deal to get former Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, they could use a few offensive players in the NFL Draft in 2022.
Although the Browns had to give up their own first-round pick at No. 13 to Houston in order to land Watson, they do have a trio of top-100 picks to support their new starting quarterback. In the second round, the Browns have the 44th overall pick, the 78th overall pick in the third round, and the 99th overall pick in the third round. Getting a receiver would be quite beneficial.
Cleveland needs to choose at least one wide receiver with one of their three top-100 picks this spring, regardless of whether Watson or his backup, Jacoby Brissett, starts the majority of the season.
Three wide receivers to target in the NFL Draft for Deshaun Watson, according to the Cleveland Browns.
Under Luke Fickell, Alec Pierce was a significant part of Cincinnati’s climb to fame
While wide receiver Alec Pierce of the Cincinnati Bearcats would be a tremendous stretch at No. 44 in the second round, the Browns may acquire him with either of their third-round picks, most likely the compensatory one at No. 99.
Under the direction of head coach Luke Fickell, the 6-foot-3, 213-pound receiver played a key role in the Bearcats’ ascension to national prominence.
Despite playing on the opposite side of the field from Fickell, Pierce demonstrated he could be a reliable target for top-five quarterback prospect Desmond Ridder during their Cincinnati run.
He finished his career with 106 catches for 1,851 yards and 13 touchdowns with the Bearcats, including a Second Team All-AAC mention in 2021 with 52 catches for 884 yards and eight touchdowns.
The former three-star recruit from Glen Ellyn, Illinois, has no problem playing in the elements, so he’ll fit right in with the NFL’s black and blue division.
Pierce projects as a high-end, top-three receiver in a club as part of an ensemble cast, but he is unlikely to be a No. 1 wide out in the NFL. He can be quite productive if he has the correct structure in place.
If the Browns wait until No. 99 to solve their wide receiver woes, Pierce will most likely be available.