The Cleveland Browns are on the clock, and it's ticking. The 2018 NFL draft begins Thursday night. That means it's time for The Seattle Times' annual mock draft. What will the Seahawks do at No. 18? Don't be surprised if it's ... a surprise.

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We’re under 48 hours away from commissioner Roger Goodell taking the stage inside the Dallas Cowboys’ mecca of AT&T Stadium and announcing the first pick of the 2018 NFL draft. Who will that be? We’ll get into that.

It’s time for The Seattle Times’ annual mock draft. Seahawks beat writer Bob Condotta and columnist Larry Stone will trade off selections to predict the first 32 picks, beginning with Bob.

So, with the first pick of the 2018 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns select…

1. Cleveland Browns

RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State
Browns pull something of a stunner and take Barkley first with the knowledge they can still get a QB they want at number four. – Bob Condotta

(Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

2. New York Giants

QB Sam Darnold, USC
The Giants were hoping that Barkley would still be available here, but they can’t pass on a quarterback of Darnold’s potential. – Larry Stone

(LM Otero / Associated Press)

3. New York Jets

QB Josh Rosen, UCLA
Jets desperately need a young QB to build around and Rosen is a dynamic talent with a personality that will be an intriguing fit in New York. – Condotta

(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

4. Cleveland Browns

QB Josh Allen, Wyoming
Allen has superstar tools, and with Tyrod Taylor on hand, Browns can be patient. – Stone

(Darren Oswald / Associated Press)

5. Denver Broncos

OL Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame
With the marquee QBs gone Denver goes with the best available player and also fills a hole up front. – Condotta

(Carlos Osorio / Associated Press)

6. Indianapolis Colts

CB Denzel Ward, Ohio State
Ward’s playmaking ability is dazzling, and the Colts need help at cornerback with Rashaan Melvin gone to the Raiders. – Stone

(Jay LaPrete / Associated Press)

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

DE Bradley Chubb, North Carolina State
The early run on QBs helps the Bucs get the best defensive lineman on the board. – Condotta

(Keith Srakocic / Associated Press)

8. Chicago Bears

CB Josh Jackson, Iowa
The Bears don’t have much depth at corner, and Jackson’s eight interceptions last year jump out. – Stone

(Charlie Niebergall / Associated Press)

9. San Francisco 49ers

LB Roquan Smith, Georgia
The 49ers might have taken Smith here anyway. But the Reuben Foster mess makes linebacker again a priority for the Niners. – Condottta

(David Goldman / Associated Press)

10. Oakland Raiders

OL Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame
The Raiders need to protect Derek Carr, and Notre Dame’s 6-foot-8, 312-pound giant is a good fit – especially with Donald Penn at the end of his contract. – Stone

(Darron Cummings / Associated Press)

11. Miami Dolphins

QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
Dolphins’ patience with Ryan Tannehill may be wearing out and they’ll jump all over to pump some excitement in the franchise taking the reigning Heisman winner. – Condotta

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(Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press)

12. Buffalo Bills

QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville
Even with AJ McCarron’s addition, the Bills are still looking for a QB, and as Charles Davis puts it, Jackson is a better version of Tyrod Taylor. – Stone

(Stephen B. Morton / Associated Press)

13. Washington

DL Vita Vea, Washington
It’s been assumed for some time Washington really wants to add Vea, the best run-stuffing tackle in the draft class. – Condotta

[ Vita Vea poised to become UW’s second straight first-round pick » ]

(Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

14. Green Bay Packers

OLB/DE Marcus Davenport, UTSA
There may be doubts about the competition he faced, but Davenport has a knack for getting to the quarterback – 8.5 sacks last year — and impressed at the Senior Bowl. – Stone

(Michael Conroy / Associated Press)

15. Arizona Cardinals

CB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama
Cardinals and new head coach Steven Wilks — a former defensive backs coach at the University of Washington — would be ecstatic if Fitzpatrick were available here to team with Patrick Peterson at corner. – Condotta

(Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

16. Baltimore Ravens

WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama
Even after signing Michael Crabtree, the Ravens have a need at wide receiver, and Ridley is the best one on the board. – Stone

(Butch Dill / Associated Press)

17. Los Angeles Chargers

SS Derwin James, Florida State
Chargers’ defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, who held the same job with Seattle from 2010-12, gets a player regarded by many as a potential second coming of Kam Chancellor. – Condotta

(Mark Wallheiser / Associated Press)

18. Seattle Seahawks

OLB Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech
The Seahawks live to confound the popular wisdom on draft day, but they have a huge need for a pass rusher and Edmunds fits the bill as an edge rusher. Just 19 but physically gifted, his potential is tremendous. – Stone

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(Bob Leverone / Associated Press)

19. Dallas Cowboys

WR Christian Kirk, Texas A&M
Dallas takes a big step to beef up its receiving corps after dumping Dez Bryant while also adding maybe the best returner available. – Condotta

(Chuck Burton / Associated Press)

20. Detroit Lions

DT Taven Bryan, Florida
The Lions need an inside pass rusher, and the 291-pound Bryan, whose 40 time is under 5.0, is too intriguing to pass up. – Stone

(Michael Conroy / Associated Press)

21. Cincinnati Bengals

C Billy Price, Ohio State
Bengals didn’t have to look far to fill a big hole in the middle of their offense. – Condotta

(Jay LePrete / Associated Press)

22. Buffalo Bills

WR D.J. Moore, Maryland
Moore has all the requisite skills to spruce up their receiving corps, plus he could be a returner. – Stone

(Patrick Semanasky / Associated Press)

23. New England Patriots

TE Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State
Pats get some insurance in case Gronk really sticks to riding dirt bikes (UPDATE — He said this week he won’t, but with Gronk you never really know do you?) and add another weapon for Tom Brady regardless. – Condotta

(Daryl Wilson / Associated Press)

24. Carolina Panthers

S Justin Reid, Stanford
The Panthers are looking for impact at safety, and they could get it from Reid, who has size, athleticism and range. – Stone

(Johnny Andrews / The Seattle Times)

25. Tennessee Titans

DT Maurice Hurst, Michigan
This might not be Tennessee’s top need. But Hurst, maybe the best pass-rushing interior lineman available, would be hard to turn down here. – Condotta

(Carlos Osoria / Associated Press)

26. Atlanta Falcons

DE Harold Landry, Boston College
One of the more polarizing players in the draft, the Falcons hope he resembles the guy who led the nation with 16.5 sacks in 2016 before struggling through an injury-riddled season last year. – Stone

(Darron Cummings / Associated Press)

27. New Orleans Saints

DT Da’Ron Payne, Alabama
Saints badly wanted Ndamukong Suh. They’ll gladly settle for Payne as they add another potential young defensive star to their defense. – Condotta

(Mark Humphrey / Associated Press)

28. Pittsburgh Steelers

LB Rashaan Evans, Alabama
The Crimson Tide churns out linebackers, and Evans is another great one. – Stone

(Michael Conroy / Associated Press)

29. Jacksonville Jaguars

WR Courtland Sutton, SMU
The Jaguars have done lots of reshaping of their offense to try to help Blake Bortles and take advantage of an emerging defense. The 6-3-and-a-half, 218-pound Sutton may be the most “toolsy’’ receiver in the draft. – Condotta

(Brandon Dill / Associated Press)

30. Minnesota Vikings

OL Will Hernandez, UTEP
With all the money they poured into Kirk Cousins, they need to improve the protection for him, and Hernandez is a beast. – Stone

(Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press)

31. New England Patriots

CB Mike Hughes, Central Florida
The Super Bowl made clear where the Pats need to get better. Hughes was one of the key parts of UCF’s “National Title’’ team. – Condotta

(John Raoux / Associated Press)

32. Philadelphia Eagles

RB Sony Michel, Georgia
Even with the mid-season trade for Jay Ajayi, the Eagles are looking for running-back depth, and Michel has star potential. – Stone

(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)