The Cleveland Browns need a quarterback with one of their early first round picks. Could Baker Mayfield be the guy?
The Browns own the No. 1 and No. 4 picks in the first round. Baker Mayfield is one of the four big quarterbacks that are potential first round picks.
Wyoming's Josh Allen, UCLA's Josh Rosen, and USC's Sam Darnold are the other big names. However, none of them had the college career that Mayfield put together.
As a senior, Mayfield threw for 4,627 passing yards and 43 touchdowns and just six interceptions. As a result, he won the Heisman Trophy, and took Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff.
Right now, he's one of the most hotly debated players in the NFL Draft. If the Browns pass on Mayfield, he isn't without other potential suitors.
The Jets have the first pick from that group at No. 6. They are joined by the Dolphins (No. 11), Bills (Nos. 21, 22), and Saints (No. 27).
However, the Browns could be in the mix for Mayfield as well. Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson says that Mayfield could be on the radar to be the top selection in the NFL Draft.
If Baker Mayfield’s flag wasn’t planted at the No. 1 pick in the draft a week ago, he’s squarely in play for the Cleveland Browns after a strong showing at the Senior Bowl.
Mayfield’s skills and on-field mentality left multiple evaluators believing Cleveland is heading into a debate between two players with the No. 1 pick in the draft: Mayfield and USC’s Sam Darnold, who will make his league-wide debut next month at the league’s annual scouting combine.
The fit may be between quarterback and general manager. Robinson quotes an NFL source saying that Mayfield's leadership qualities and intangibles could be very attractive to Browns' GM John Dorsey.
“A lot of what he is as a player fits with the mentality of [Cleveland Brown’s general manager] John Dorsey,” one source said. “Just his mental makeup as a player, John believes in building around those kinds of guys. … I think he’s a strong candidate [for the top pick] after this week.”
With the first and fourth picks, it is crucial that Cleveland hit on a star quarterback and start the true march out of mediocrity, after the winless 2017 season. Cleveland has had a few instances of multiple first rounders that each went poorly, most recently with Johnny Manziel and Justin Gilbert in the 2014 Draft.