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Mock draft: Unsurprisingly, Browns shore up offensive line with 10th pick

After not having a first-round pick in last year’s draft — it was traded to the Giants as part of the Odell Beckham Jr. deal — the Browns are back where they’ve been for much of the last 20 years … in the top 10. How Andrew Berry will handle his first draft as a general manager is unknown, but he can go a long way to fortifying the roster with four picks among the first 97.

Here goes my first crack at deciphering what he and the rest of the league’s decision-makers will do when the draft begins April 23.

1. CincinnatiJoe BurrowQBLSUThis seems like a sure thing and a perfect match.
2. WashingtonChase YoungDEOhio StateWashington may get trade offers from teams looking for a quarterback, but it would take a whopper to pass on the elite pass rusher.
3. Miami (from Detroit)Tua TagovailoaQBAlabamaTrades will be tougher to execute in these unusual times, but the Dolphins make sure they get Tagovailoa by moving up two spots.
4. N.Y. GiantsMekhi BectonLTLouisvilleGiants can’t pass on the mountain of a man.
5. Detroit (from Miami)Jeff OkudahCBOhio StateLions get their man and pick up a second-round pick in the trade.
6. L.A. ChargersJustin HerbertQBOregonTyrod Taylor isn’t the long-term answer, so the Chargers need a replacement for the departed Philip Rivers.
7. CarolinaIsaiah SimmonsLBClemsonRebuilding Panthers pick the do-it-all physical freak.
8. ArizonaTristan WirfsOTIowaThe trade for All-Pro receiver DeAndre Hopkins cleared the way for a tackle in the draft.
9. JacksonvilleDerrick BrownDTAuburnThe draft’s best interior lineman is a good get at the bottom of the top 10.
10. ClevelandAndrew ThomasLTGeorgiaThe other considerations are Alabama’s Jedrick Wills or a trade down, but Thomas has the desired experience at left tackle.
11. N.Y. JetsJerry JeudyWRAlabamaWith three offensive tackles gone, the Jets address their other huge need.
12. Las VegasCeeDee LambWROklahomaIn a draft loaded with receivers, Lamb may be the best. And he’ll always be the first pick in Las Vegas history.
13. San FranciscoHenry Ruggs IIIWRAlabamaMake it three straight wideouts, as Kyle Shanahan gets an outside playmaker for his already deadly system.
14. Tampa BayJedrick WillsOTAlabamaA pass protector for Tom Brady.
15. DenverJustin JeffersonWRLSUBroncos go with the top remaining wideout.
16. AtlantaJavon KinlawDTSouth CarolinaFalcons always need help on defense.
17. DallasC.J. HendersonCBFloridaCowboys need a corner and get the second one off the board.
18. MiamiRoss BlacklockDTTCUDolphins choose defensive line over defensive back.
19. Las VegasXavier McKinneySAlabamaRaiders turn to defense with their second pick of the first round.
20. JacksonvilleJordan LoveQBUtah StateI could easily see the Jaguars taking him at No. 9, but in this scenario they can afford to wait.
21. PhiladelphiaPatrick QueenLBLSUEagles can get a much needed receiver later, so they address the middle of the defense.
22. MinnesotaJaylon JohnsonCBUtahVikings need help outside.
23. New EnglandA.J. EpenesaDEIowaBill Belichick could go a number of ways after the departure of Brady, but Epenesa is a quality player who fits in New England.
24. New OrleansKenneth MurrayLBOklahomaNot only does he play sideline to sideline, he has spotless character off the field.
25. MinnesotaTee HigginsWRClemsonVikings get a replacement for Stefon Diggs.
26. MiamiAustin JacksonLTUSCHis potential makes him a steal this late in the first round.
27. SeattleK’Lavon ChaissonDELSUSeahawks add athleticism to the defense.
28. BaltimoreYetur Gross-MatosDE/OLBPenn StateWith Lamar Jackson leading the offense, the Ravens focus on defense.
29. TennesseeA.J. TerrellCBClemsonA corner makes sense at this spot.
30. Green BayBrandon AiyukWRArizona StateGood value this late and another target for Aaron Rodgers.
31. San FranciscoDamon ArnetteCBOhio State49ers struggled last year with the corner opposite Richard Sherman.
32. Kansas CityGrant DelpitSLSUChiefs are loaded on offense, so they take best player available on defense.

Browns’ pick at No. 41: Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota



Second round: No. 41

Third round: No. 74, No. 97 (from Houston)

Fourth round: No. 115

Sixth round: No. 187

Seventh round: No. 244

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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