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Columnist Thinks Cleveland On Hard Knocks Is "As Bad As It Gets" For Baker Mayfield

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Former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was already the most controversial signal-caller in the NFL Draft - and that was before he was selected No. 1 overall by the Cleveland Browns. Mayfield, who won the Heisman Trophy for the Sooners a year ago, has an interesting set of knocks against him - which stem from an offseason arrest, an unfortunate incident against Kansas and his decision to plant his team's flag on Ohio State's field.

This week, it was announced that the Cleveland Browns will be the subject of this year's Hard Knocks show on HBO. One columnist - Nancy Armour of USA Today Sports - thinks that this is bad news for Mayfield.

Armour says this is "as bad as it gets" for Mayfield. She clearly doesn't have much faith that Mayfield will behave when the cameras are on.

There’s nothing worse than being expected to resurrect the woeful franchise that is the Cleveland Browns.

Unless, of course, you're expected to do that while also being reality TV fodder.

Yes, it's going from bad to worse for Baker Mayfield after HBO announced Thursday that Hard Knocks, its show that goes behind the scenes of an NFL team in training camp, will feature the Browns. That’s a PR minefield for a team whose new poster boy manages to court controversy just by breathing.

Mayfield, meanwhile, doesn't think having the cameras running will be an issue.

"It can be good if you handle it right. If you think about it as a way to get on camera and try to show off and do certain things and handle it the wrong way then that can be very negative, it can be a distraction. But if you use it as, you know, a sense of, 'Okay, I got to block out everything else and just focus on playing ball,' then that can be a great thing for us."

Only time will tell whether Mayfield being on Hard Knocks helps or hurts his career. It'll be fascinating to see if he's able to turn around a Cleveland franchise that won zero games last year.