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A Surprising Team Reportedly Tried To Trade Up For Baker Mayfield

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell walks past a video board displaying an image of Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma after he was picked #1 overall by the Cleveland Browns.

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell walks past a video board displaying an image of Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma after he was picked #1 overall by the Cleveland Browns during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Cleveland Browns' selection of Baker Mayfield at No. 1 overall in last week's NFL Draft raised some eyebrows. However, if they didn't take him there, they might have missed out on picking him altogether.

The Browns also held the No. 4 pick in the first round, which they used to draft Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward. According to Mayfield's agent Jack Mills, the New England Patriots expressed interest in trading up to the No. 2 spot in the draft in order to select the Oklahoma QB.

The Pats would have had to trade with the New York Giants, who held the No. 2 pick. The New York Jets picked third and would not have been a trade partner with their rivals, especially when they themselves needed a quarterback.

Here's what Mills told Andrew Brandt on his podcast:

“We had another team which is going to surprise you. Another team had said, ‘You may get a big surprise on draft day, at No. 2, if he’s available.’ And it was the Patriots,” Mills said, per ProFootballTalk.com. “They had 23 and they had 31 and they had two seconds. We thought, ‘That’s gonna be a heck of a move, to get up that high from where they are.’ And of course he wasn’t available so we never knew if that was reality or not.”

The Giants absolutely loved Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, who they selected at No. 2 overall. It is fair to wonder if they would have even entertained the Patriots offer.

But if Mills' story is true, thinking of the possibility of Mayfield learning under Tom Brady and Bill Belichick is a fun one. That's a combination not too many people would have expected.

Also, if Mills is accurate, it helps the Browns' pick of Mayfield make more sense, since he might not have lasted too long into the first round.

Nothing beats the intrigue of the NFL Draft.