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Scott Petrak’s mock draft, version 2.0

The day is here.


All the rumors, projections and guesses will be rendered irrelevant when the teams make their picks in the first round of the much-anticipated and much-hyped NFL Draft.

This year’s version contains a ton of uncertainty at the top, including the chance for a series of trades. That leaves any mock draft vulnerable to being blown up right from the start.


I’m not afraid to take my shot.

I have the Browns taking USC quarterback Sam Darnold at No. 1, North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb at No. 4, Colorado cornerback Isaiah Oliver at No. 33 and Texas tackle Connor Williams at No. 35.

1. ClevelandSam DarnoldQBUSCDarnold just makes more sense than the other quarterbacks being mentioned.
2. N.Y. GiantsSaquon BarkleyRBPenn StateGiants decide to help aging QB Eli Manning rather than find his replacement
3. N.Y. Jets (from Colts)Josh RosenQBUCLAJets go Rosen over Baker Mayfield.
4. Cleveland (from Texans)Bradley ChubbDEN.C. StateWith two of the top QBs on the board, John Dorsey could get a trade offer he couldn't refuse
5. DenverJosh AllenQBWyomingI’m not predicting trades in this mock, but watch for the Bills moving up if Allen’s still available
6. Indianapolis (from Jets)Quenton NelsonGNotre DameThe dreadful line gets a big boost
7. Tampa BayMinkah FitzpatrickDBAlabamaVersatile, smart and driven. Bucs get a keeper.
8. ChicagoDenzel WardCBOhio StateTop cover corner is great value at this spot.
9. San FranciscoDerwin JamesSFlorida StateGM John Lynch knows a big-time safety when he sees one.
10. OaklandRoquan SmithLBGeorgiaLook for the Cardinals to make a move if Baker Mayfield’s still available.
11. MiamiBaker MayfieldQBOklahomaDolphins might trade up to get him earlier.
12. Buffalo (from Bengals)Lamar JacksonQBLouisvilleMake it five quarterbacks in the first 12 picks.
13. WashingtonVita VeaDTWashingtonThe first defensive tackle is taken.
14. Green BayTremaine EdmundsLBVirginia TechThe 19-year-old has a ton of potential.
15. ArizonaDa’Ron PayneDTAlabamaCardinals bolster defense if they can’t trade up for a quarterback.
16. BaltimoreMarcus DavenportDETexas San-AntonioHe can learn from one of the best in Terrell Suggs.
17. L.A. ChargersMike McGlincheyTNotre DameThe first left tackle goes much later than normal.
18. SeattleJaire AlexanderCBLouisvilleLegion of Boom needs new members.
19. DallasCalvin RidleyWRAlabamaCowboys have done their research on receivers.
20. DetroitTaven BryanDTFlorida New coach Matt Patricia gets a cornerstone for his defense.
21. Cincinnati (from Bills)Isaiah WynnOLGeorgiaAnother addition to the line.
22. Buffalo (from Chiefs)Will HernandezGUTEPProtection for the new quarterback.
23. New England (from Rams)Leighton Vander EschLBBoise StateBill Belichick is one of the wild cards in the first r
24. CarolinaJosh JacksonCBIowaCan’t go wrong with a tall, ball-hawking corner.
25. TennesseeHarold LandryDEBoston CollegeA pass rusher is always a good pick.
26. AtlantaMaurice HurstDTMichiganHeart condition makes it a risky choice.
27. New OrleansD.J. MooreWRMarylandOnly the second receiver picked.
28. PittsburghRashaan EvansLBAlabamaSteelers address the middle of the defense.
29. JacksonvilleHayden HurstTESouth CarolinaThe first tight end off the board.
30. MinnesotaMike HughesCBCentral FloridaCoach Mike Zimmer knows how to build a defense.
31. New EnglandKolton MillerTUCLAGood value this late in the round.
32. PhiladelphiaChristian KirkWRTexas A&MA productive pass catcher for the champs.
33. ClevelandIsaiah OliverCBColoradoThe Browns need an elite corner and hope they found one.
35. ClevelandConnor WilliamsTTexasA possible replacement for Joe Thomas at left tackle.

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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