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Scott Petrak’s mock draft, version 1.0

I couldn’t wait any longer.

The NFL Draft is less than two weeks away, so it’s finally time for me to jump in the overpopulated pool of mock drafts. When and where the top quarterbacks go will shape the draft, so a lot can change before my final best guess April 25, the day before the start of the draft.

For now, I have the Browns taking USC quarterback Sam Darnold at No. 1, North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb at No. 4, LSU running back Derrius Guice at No. 33 and Colorado cornerback Isaiah Oliver at No. 35.

Pick NumberTeam NamePlayer NamePositionCollegeNote
1ClevelandSam DarnoldQBUSCBrowns finally get their quarterback, and I’m not buying the Josh Allen buzz.
2N.Y. GiantsJosh RosenQBUCLAA pivotal pick early. It could be traded, or used on a non-quarterback.
3N.Y. Jets (from Colts)Baker MayfieldQBOklahomaThey traded up to take a quarterback. The only question is: Which one?
4Cleveland (from Texans)Bradley ChubbDEN.C. StateBrowns have their choice of the best non-quarterback.
5DenverJosh AllenQBWyomingLook for a team to try to trade up for the last of the top four quarterbacks.
6Indianapolis (from Jets)Quenton NelsonGNotre DameColts desperate for help on the line.
7Tampa BaySaquon BarkleyRBPenn StateBig-time home run hitter falls to Bucs.
8ChicagoMinkah FitzpatrickDBAlabamaEarly run on quarterbacks pushes down great player.
9San FranciscoDerwin JamesSFlorida StateGM John Lynch can’t pass on a playmaking safety.
10OaklandDenzel WardCBOhio StateBest pure corner in the draft.
11MiamiTremaine EdmundsLBVirginia TechDolphins could trade up for a quarterback.
12BuffaloLamar JacksonQBLouisvilleOffseason moves were all about finding a franchise quarterback.
13WashingtonVita VeaDTWashingtonA run stopper in the middle.
14Green BayRoquan SmithLBGeorgiaA lot of good defensive players still available.
15ArizonaDa’Ron PayneDTAlabamaA move up for a quarterback is possible.
16BaltimoreCalvin RidleyWRAlabamaOzzie Newsome turns to his alma mater for his final first-round pick.
17L.A. ChargersMike McGlincheyTNotre DameProtecting Philip Rivers is a priority.
18SeattleJaire AlexanderCBLouisvilleSeahawks look for Richard Sherman’s replacement.
19DallasJames WashingtonWROklahoma StateCowboys need a receiver after cutting Dez Bryant.
20DetroitMarcus DavenportDETexas-San AntonioGreat value this deep.
21Cincinnati (from Bills)Isaiah WynnOLGeorgiaBengals get better up front.
22Buffalo (from Chiefs)Will HernandezGUTEPA lineman to protect the new quarterback.
23New England (from Rams)Leighton Vander EschLBBoise StateBill Belichick has the picks to move up if there’s a player he covets.
24CarolinaJosh JacksonCBIowaSize separates him from the pack.
25TennesseeHarold LandryDEBoston CollegeHe can get after the quarterback.
26AtlantaMaurice HurstDTMichiganA steal if heart condition doesn’t become a problem.
27New OrleansD.J. MooreWRMarylandAnother weapon for Drew Brees.
28PittsburghRashaan EvansLBAlabamaThird Crimson Tide defender off the board.
29JacksonvilleConnor WilliamsTTexasJaguars have committed to old-fashioned football.
30MinnesotaMike HughesCBCentral FloridaBest player available.
31New EnglandKolton MillerTUCLALine needs help after Nate Solder left in free agency.
32PhiladelphiaChristian KirkWRTexas A&MThe rich get richer.
33ClevelandDerrius GuiceRBLSUBrowns pounce on the draft’s No. 2 back.
35ClevelandIsaiah OliverCBColoradoGM John Dorsey keeps adding to the secondary.


Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.


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