David Ojabo, Michigan
Prior to his pro-day, David Ojabo had top-10 potential in the 2022 NFL Draft. However, after tearing his Achilles before the draft, there’s no telling how far the promising, young edge rusher will fall.
Even while expected 2022 NFL Draft first overall pick, Aidan Hutchinson, was having a Heisman Trophy finalist type of season, David Ojabo excelled on the other side of the line as well in 2021. The 6-foot-5, 250 lb physical specimen is still very new to football, but racked up 11 sacks last year for the Wolverines.
The Cleveland Browns really need a defensive end that can come in and contribute right away, so the Achilles tear could lead them away from a player like Ojabo, but the talent and ability is undeniable. If the team is able to bring back Jadeveon Clowney or sign another veteran edge rusher, they could afford to take a chance on a raw, promising prospect like Ojabo.
Arnold Ebiketie, Penn State
Like another former Penn State Nittany Lion Odafe Oweh last year, Arnold Ebiketie could be a surprise first-round pick for some people in the 2022 NFL Draft. If the watch the tape, though, you will understand why. And unlike Oweh, Ebiketie has the production to back it up.
As a Senior, Ebiketie tallied 9.5 sacks and an impressive 18 tackles for loss. He has a desirable blend of size, strength and athleticism to succeed at the next level. He is an instinctual pass rusher who is a good penetrator against the run, but will need to bulk up a bit to set a true edge in the run game on early downs. Overall, Ebiketie has the tools to be a great complement to Myles Garrett for the Cleveland Browns and would be a great pick in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
Josh Paschal, Kentucky
Where Ebiketie may need some work, Kentucky’s Josh Paschal really excels. As one of the most impressive run-defenders in the 2022 NFL Draft edge class, Paschal reminds me a lot of Jadeveon Clowney, as I mentioned in my last Cleveland Browns mock draft. Whether the Cleveland Browns are able to bring back Clowney or not, Paschal would be a great addition.
While he may not have the bend, explosion and athletic upside of some other 2022 NFL Draft edge prospects, Paschal just always seems to find a way to get to the football. He is an experienced player who played five seasons in the SEC and racked up 15 tackles for loss, living in the backfield in 2021.
For the Cleveland Browns, the may not even have to use pick 44 on Josh Paschal. According to NFL Mock Draft Database, Paschal is the consensus 100 ranked prospect in the 2022 NFL Draft. However, The Draft Network has him at 67, so if the Browns really love him they may just go ahead and snag him in the second round.
Kingsley Enagbare, South Carolina
Kingsley Enagbare is about as long as they come with a near seven-foot wingspan. He has great size and length that he uses to his advantage. The 6-foot-4 edge rusher plays with impressive leverage and strength and should only get better as he fills out his frame.
While he doesn’t seem overly explosive, he tested fairly well at the combine and was very effective in the SEC against high level competition. According to Pro Football Focus, Enagbare led the nation in pass rush win percentage with an impressive 40%, higher than the likes of Aidan Hutchinson, Kayvon Thibodeaux and George Karlaftis who are expected to be first-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft.
The Cleveland Browns could use someone as effective as Enagbare on the other side of Myles Garrett for their defensive line. Whoever lines up in that spot will undoubtedly see tons of one-on-one matchups with the attention defenses have to give to Garrett, and Enagbare has shown that he can take advantage.