Former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was the first pick in this year's NFL Draft - going to the Cleveland Browns, who went 0-16 a year ago. But with the team's decision to also trade for signal-caller Tyrod Taylor, it doesn't look like Mayfield will be seeing the field right away. One reporter seems to think that makes sense.
According to Dan Labbe of cleveland.com, Mayfield doesn't look like he's ready to compete for the starting job just yet anyway. Labbe reported Monday that in his opinion, Taylor has looked like the much better quarterback through six practices of OTAs and minicamp that were open to the media.
Labbe caught a bit of heat for the remark and issued a clarification, noting that it has nothing to do with Mayfield's preparation, which has been "up to par."
This is where I tell you that, based on the six practices of OTAs and minicamp that were open to the media, Mayfield, in my opinion, did not look ready to compete with Taylor for the No. 1 quarterback job.
UPDATE: I realize there's another way to read this that I didn't intend. When I say he didn't look ready, I mean he simply wasn't ready to push Taylor for the job. This was not a commentary on his preparation, which, by most accounts, has been up to par.
Mayfield, a two-time walk-on in college football, won the Heisman Trophy a year ago. He also led Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff, where it lost a close game to the Georgia Bulldogs. He's an extremely confident player, and he'll need to be to unseat Taylor, who has been a starter in the league for three years.
At some point, Mayfield will be given the keys to Cleveland's offense. But Labbe's report makes it seem like it won't be on opening day.