It’s projected that at least five quarterbacks could go in the first round of this year’s draft. Add in that there’s plenty of teams in desperate need of a franchise QB and we’ve got the perfect recipe for the rumor mill to be running on all cylinders.
And this latest one is giving everyone a little Deja vu.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Browns are “definitely” considering drafting Baker Mayfield with the top overall pick.
Just to add a bit more murkiness to top of draft: one NFL executive said this morning that Baker Mayfield is “definitely” in Cleveland’s conversation to become the No. 1 overall pick.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 24, 2018
While it’s expected that the Browns will pick a quarterback, the Heisman winner isn’t projected to go before Sam Darnold, Josh Rosh or Josh Allen.
The Browns are notorious for their draft busts and drafting Mayfield too early would do nothing to silence the critics and console their fans. And lest we forget that Mayfield has drawn numerous comparisons to Johnny Manziel – who is considered one of the Browns most disastrous draft picks in franchise history.
While Mayfield’s stature has caused many to wonder if his game will transition to the pros, what Mayfield did last year in Norman is nothing short of amazing. The Heisman winner threw for 4,627 yards on 404 attempts and 43 touchdowns, in addition to leading the Sooners to the semis of the college football playoff where they lost to Georgia in double OT.
Mayfield is also the most efficient quarterback in this year’s draft in terms of QBR. According to ESPN, Mayfield’s rating of 92.3 in 2017 is the third best since they starting tracking the stat in 2005. Only Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck had better QBRs.
While Mayfield’s in-your-face on-field persona is one of the biggest reasons why people have likened him to Manziel – he was a walk-on at both Texas A&M and Oklahoma, proving the quarterback isn’t afraid to put in the hard work to compensate for any shortcomings in order to be successful.