Chris Faulk will not arrive at the Browns training facility on Thursday saddled with regret.

The LSU offensive tackle said he’s at peace with the devastating 2012 knee injury that caused a projected early-round pick to slide all the way out of the draft, a tumble that cost him millions in guaranteed money. He’s also comfortable with his decision not to return to college for one more season to restore his draft status and potentially recoup some of the lost money.

“I’m not looking back,” Faulk said in a phone interview Tuesday. “I’m just anxious to play football again. I love the game and I love to compete.”

The 6-6, 325-pounder said his right knee, which required two surgeries to repair, is healthy and he expects to be a full participant in this weekend’s rookie minicamp that opens Friday. The team, however, might approach his return more cautiously given the severity of the injury and his level of fitness. Faulk was unable to work out for scouts at LSU’s pro day.

It’s believed 16 teams inquired about him after the draft and the Browns beat out another AFC squad that projected him as a 2014 starter. The Browns, who appear set at tackle with perennial All-Pro Joe Thomas and Mitchell Schwartz, might experiment with Faulk at guard.

The Slidell, La., native prefers tackle, where he earned second-team, all-SEC honors as sophomore, but is open to a position change. Faulk has a thick build and strong hands. He might have been a first-round pick had he returned for his senior season even as several draft analysts observed his footwork and technique need polishing.

Faulk enters minicamp as the most intriguing of the Browns’ 18 undrafted free agents.

“They are getting a player who’s going to play 15-plus years – and cheap early on, too,” said edge rusher Barkevious Mingo, the Browns' first-round pick and Faulk teammate at LSU. “(The Browns) realize the steal they just got. They are happy, they are fired up.

“I know what he’s got; I know what he can do,” added Mingo, who often lined up across from Faulk in practice. “He’s going to have a long career playing in this league.”