Wednesday, May 25, 2022

2022 NFL Mock Draft: Seahawks address OL after trading for Baker Mayfield, Steelers’ patience pays off

Let’s see how the first round plays out if the top-four picks are defenders

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With less than two weeks until the start of the NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns are in a bind. 

They have a former No. 1 overall pick (Baker Mayfield) scheduled to earn $18.858 million sitting behind a three-time Pro Bowler (Deshaun Watson) who they just signed for $230 million GUARANTEED. 

The Browns have a few options. They could keep Mayfield on the bench for the entire season, but that’s very unlikely considering the animosity between the two sides. (Mayfield just went on a podcast and said the team disrespected him “100 percent.”) They could release him, but that opens up the possibility of a certain AFC North rival (cough, cough, the Pittsburgh Steelers) picking him up and throwing him out there twice against his former team in 2022.

Seemingly the best course of action is to trade Mayfield while assuming a substantial portion of his contract. And in this mock draft, that’s exactly what general manager Andrew Berry decides to do. The Browns ship Mayfield and a Day 3 selection to the Seattle Seahawks, who, despite re-signing Geno Smith to a reported one-year deal worth up to $7 million, are still interested in adding another quarterback. And in this case, that quarterback is substantially better than what coach Pete Carroll currently has on his roster.

With the Seahawks acquiring a proven signal-caller, they address another position of need with the No. 9 selection. Plus, the Saints bolster their offensive with two highly touted prospects and the Steelers land their quarterback at No. 20. Now let’s get started!

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