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Scott Petrak’s 2022 mock draft

General manager Andrew Berry and the sports bars around town will have something in common Thursday night: They won’t be nearly as busy as on a typical first day of the draft.

Berry shipped the No. 13 pick to the Texans as part of the controversial and blockbuster trade for quarterback Deshaun Watson. Berry said it’s “unlikely” he’ll trade back into the first round, so the time will be spent watching his peers make picks.

Here’s my best guess at what those picks will look like until the Browns are on the clock at No. 44:

TeamPlayerPositionCollegeComment
1. JacksonvilleTravon WalkerDEGeorgiaEdge rusher trumps tackle.
2. DetroitAidan HutchinsonDEMichiganTheir guy falls in the Lions’ lap.
3. HoustonIkem EkwonuTN.C. StateWouldn’t be stunned if he goes No. 1.
4. N.Y. JetsAhmad GardnerCBCincinnati“Sauce” gives the Jets a cover corner.
5. N.Y. GiantsCharles CrossTMississippi StateGiants have a lot of work to do.
6. CarolinaEvan NealTAlabamaBypassing a quarterback opens the door for a Baker Mayfield trade.
7. N.Y. Giants (from Chicago)Kayvon ThibodeauxDEOregonMight be the most talented player in the draft.
8. AtlantaGarrett WilsonWROhio StateA skill position player … finally.
9. Seattle (from Denver)Derek Stingley Jr.CBLSUGreat value for the Seahawks.
10. N.Y. Jets (from Seattle)Drake LondonWRUSCHe and Gardner should have epic battles in training camp.
11. WashingtonKyle HamiltonSNotre DameCommanders can’t pass on the top-five talent.
12. MinnesotaJameson WilliamsWRAlabamaA torn ACL in January doesn’t scare off new GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah.
13. Houston (from Cleveland)Treylon BurksWRArkansasHe might’ve been the pick if the Browns were still here.
14. BaltimoreJordan DavisDTGeorgiaRavens can’t ignore a force on the D-line.
15. Philadelphia (from Miami)Trent McDuffieCBWashingtonEagles address back end of defense first.
16. New Orleans (from Indianapolis through Philadelphia)Chris OlaveWROhio StateHe’ll pair nicely with fellow former Buckeyes WR Michael Thomas.
17. L.A. ChargersTrevor PenningTNorthern IowaJoins LT Rashawn Slater to protect Justin Herbert.
18. Philadelphia (from New Orleans)Jermaine Johnson IIDEFlorida StateToo good to pass up.
19. New Orleans (from Philadelphia)Devonte WyattDTGeorgiaSecond Bulldogs DT off the board.
20. PittsburghKenny PickettQBPittsburghSteelers, who could trade up to do it, take first QB, and it’s not Malik Willis.
21. New EnglandDevin LloydLBUtahNakobe Dean could be the pick.
22. Green Bay (from Las Vegas)Jahan DotsonWRPenn StateSomebody’s got to catch all the balls that went to Davante Adams.
23. ArizonaGeorge KarlaftisDEPurdueHard worker has power to spare.
24. DallasZion JohnsonGBoston CollegeCowboys love their interior linemen.
25. BuffaloAndrew Booth Jr.CBClemsonA cornerback will be useful against the QBs the Bills will face in the playoffs.
26. TennesseeTyler LinderbaumCIowaYoung linemen are necessary on a team reliant on the run.
27. Tampa BayMalik WillisQBLibertyA year learning behind Tom Brady is the perfect situation.
28. Green BayArnold EbiketieDEPenn StateSuper Bowl contenders always need pass rushers.
29. Kansas City (from San Francisco through Miami)Dax HillSMichiganCan help replace Tyrann Mathieu.
30. Kansas CityGeorge PickensWRGeorgiaCan help replace Tyreek Hill.
31. CincinnatiKenyon GreenGTexas A&MOffseason overhaul of the O-line continues.
32. Detroit (from L.A. Rams)Desmond RidderQBCincinnatiThird QB sneaks into first round.
SECOND ROUND
33. JacksonvilleBernhard RaimannTCentral MichiganTrevor Lawrence must be protected.
34. DetroitSkyy MooreWRWestern MichiganA long-term target for Ridder.
35. N.Y. JetsNakobe DeanLBGeorgiaRobert Saleh will be happy to have him.
36. N.Y. GiantsTrey McBrideTEColorado StateMight be a little early, but he’s the top tight end.
37. HoustonLewis CineSGeorgiaBulldogs defenders are everywhere.
38. N.Y. Jets (from Carolina)Travis JonesDTConnecticutA force in the middle of the defense.
39. ChicagoKaiir ElamCBFloridaBears look to defense with first pick.
40. Seattle (from Denver)Tyler SmithTTulsaSeahawks need linemen.
41. SeattleMatt CorralQBMississippiCross them off the list of potential landing spots for Mayfield.
42. Indianapolis (from Washington)Christian WatsonWRNorth Dakota StateColts make the most of their first pick.
43. AtlantaBoye MafeDEMinnesotaNorth Carolina QB Sam Howell also an option.
44. ClevelandDavid OjaboDEMichiganA top-15 talent but is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon in March.

REST OF BROWNS’ PICKS

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Third round

No. 78: John Metchie III, WR, Alabama

No. 99 (compensatory pick): DeMarvin Leal, DT, Texas A&M

Fourth round

No. 118: Rasheed Walker, T, Penn State

Sixth round

No. 202 (from Dallas): Gabe Brkic, K, Oklahoma

Seventh round

No. 223 (from Detroit): EJ Perry, QB, Brown

No. 246 (from Buffalo): Isaac Taylor-Stuart, CB, USC

 

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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