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Three-round mock draft: Browns among 7 teams that pick QB

With Super Bowl LII in the books, draft season is upon us, and it's time for my first three-round mock of the year.

There are still many unknowns at this point in the process, with free agency, the NFL Scouting Combine and pro days still ahead of us. Therefore, the goal of this mock draft is to show the value available throughout the first three rounds, as well as point to potential fits for players if needs hold firm through the pre-draft process.

NOTE: There's a tie for the ninth overall pick. A coin flip between the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders will determine which team picks first. ... Teams with the same record will rotate so that the team selecting first in Round 1 will select last in the following round.

The Browns need a leader and playmaker at quarterback. Darnold is the total package.

Rosen's the best pure passer in the class.

Barkley's the top player on the board for most teams, and the Colts can't rely on Frank Gore, who's due to become a free agent, forever.

Chubb on one side and Myles Garrett on the other? Quarterbacks beware.

For now, I'll say Kirk Cousins ends up with Denver, opening a spot for the Broncos to add Fitzpatrick to their defense.

If the Jets liked Christian Hackenberg, they're going to love Allen. The Wyoming product showed during Senior Bowl week his ability to utilize his talents to the fullest.

Nelson's a dominant presence who will help Jameis Winston and whoever is carrying the ball for the Bucs over the next decade.

The Bears' secondary needs an upgrade. Ward's toughness and agility in coverage will help him overcome his average size.

Edmunds is athletic enough to handle coverage duties and rush the passer.

Smith has "bench to bench" range, tracking down ball carriers all over the field.

While Davenport is still raw in some ways, his length and agility will pay dividends for the Dolphins sooner than some might expect.

Williams' ability to move the line and pass protect will make him a hot commodity on draft day.

Ridley will be a great asset to new Washington quarterback Alex Smith.

Green Bay needs pass rushers, but Vea can wreak havoc outside and inside, freeing up Clay Matthews and Nick Perry to do their thing.

I won't be surprised if a team trades ahead of the Cardinals to grab Mayfield, who should be a strong leader at the next level.

Flacco needs another downfield threat like Sutton to maximize his talent.

Whether Brown plays at left or right tackle doesn't matter. He'll eclipse his opponent with pure size and play with a nasty streak.

This is an easy fit for James, whose game is too similar to Kam Chancellor's to ignore his potential in the Seahawks' defense.

Payne showed in the College Football Playoff that he can be a force in the middle, which is something the Cowboys' defense lacks.

Keeping Hurst in-state will help the Lions pressure QBs from the interior, which is something Detroit has struggled to do since Ndamukong Suh left town.

After Jackson learns the ropes from Tyrod Taylor, he'll use his strong arm and amazing speed to turn defenses upside-down.

Eric Wood's career-ending injury makes finding a sturdy replacement like Price a must.

The Rams could use help in the secondary, even if Trumaine Johnson is re-signed.

McGlinchey is a good fit for a Panthers team looking to dominate on the ground.

With Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan a year away from free agency, the Titans need to find their next pass rusher. Landry will be a good value at this point in the draft.

Phillips is a tough customer inside, and the Falcons' interior D-line might have some holes to fill this spring if Dontari Poe and Ahtyba Rubin depart.

Goedert has a chance to be the second coming of Jimmy Graham in the Saints' offense.

Evans fits beautifully in the Steelers' defense. He'll be able to play inside or outside.

With Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson due to become free agents, the Jaguars will likely need to bolster the position this year.

Miller isn't getting a lot of pub outside the West Coast, but he's a future starter.

The Patriots need help up front. Brown's length and surprising agility would allow him to play outside on early downs and inside in pass-rush situations.

Not every NFL scout believes Jefferson is worthy of a first-round pick, but I think the Eagles could benefit from his size and athleticism inside or outside.

Round 2

  1. Browns: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
    1. Giants: Martinas Rankin, OT Mississippi State
    2. Browns: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
    3. Colts: Sam Hubbard, EDGE, Ohio State
    4. Jets: Ronald Jones II, RB, USC
    5. Bucs: Sony Michel, RB, Georgia
    6. Bears: Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis
    7. Broncos: D.J. Chark, WR, LSU
    8. Raiders: Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
    9. Dolphins: Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP
    10. Patriots: Uchenna Nwosu, LB, USC
    11. Redskins: Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
    12. Packers: Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
    13. Bengals: Josh Sweat, DE, Florida State
    14. Cardinals: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
    15. Chargers: James Daniels, C, Iowa
    16. Jets: Dorance Armstrong Jr., EDGE, Kansas
    17. Cowboys: Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
    18. Lions: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, LB, Oklahoma
    19. Ravens: Arden Key, EDGE, LSU
    20. Bills: Simmie Cobbs Jr., WR, Indiana
    21. Chiefs: Donte Jackson, CB, LSU
    22. Panthers: Justin Reid, S, Stanford
    23. Bills: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
    24. Titans: Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State
    25. Falcons: Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia
    26. 49ers: Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn
    27. Steelers: Marcus Allen, S, Penn State
    28. Jaguars: Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
    29. Vikings: Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
    30. Patriots: Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State
    31. Browns: Da'Shawn Hand, DE, Alabama

Round 3

  1. Browns: Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State
    1. Giants: Michael Dickson, P, Texas
    2. Colts: Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa
    3. Texans: Brian O'Neill, OT, Pittsburgh
    4. Bucs: JoJo Wicker, DE, Arizona State
    5. 49ers: D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland
    6. Broncos: Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon
    7. Jets: Quenton Meeks, CB, Stanford
    8. Dolphins: Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
    9. 49ers: Alex Cappa, OG, Humboldt State
    10. Raiders: Rasheem Green, DT, USC
    11. Packers: Lorenzo Carter, EDGE, Georgia
    12. Bengals: Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas
    13. Redskins: Nick Nelson, CB, Wisconsin
    14. Cardinals: Braden Smith, OG, Auburn
    15. Texans: J.C. Jackson, CB Maryland
    16. Cowboys: DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Penn State
    17. Lions: Chad Thomas, EDGE, Miami
    18. Ravens: Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
    19. Chargers: Daniel Carlson, K, Auburn
    20. Panthers: Hercules Mata'afa, EDGE, Washington State
    21. Chiefs: DeShon Elliott, S, Texas
    22. Rams: Darius Leonard, LB, South Carolina State
    23. Panthers: Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame
    24. Titans: M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina
    25. Falcons: Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State
    26. Saints: Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond
    27. Steelers: Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon
    28. Jaguars: Wyatt Teller, OG, Virginia Tech
    29. Vikings: Tyquan Lewis, EDGE, Ohio State
    30. Patriots: John Kelly, RB, Tennessee
    31. Bills: Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan

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