Months ago, Colin Cowherd dug in his heels and decided that he is not a Baker Mayfield guy. Anyone who has watched two seconds of the FS1 provocateur speaking about John Wall knows that this means that Mayfield will never be good enough for him now.
Even after seemingly being impressed with Mayfield in an interview on his show, Cowherd has gone right back to knocking him as we approach the NFL season.
Tyrod Taylor, who was excellent in the Browns' preseason opener win over the Giants, has been named the starter to begin the year.
Mayfield is the quarterback of the future though, and he impressed in his first live game action at the NFL level.
He finished 11-of-20 passing for 212 yards and two touchdowns, hitting Antonio Callaway over the middle for a long score, and David Njoku in the back of the end zone over a defender.
Mayfield made some nice plays to elude defenders, looked accurate as ever, and put up solid numbers. It's hard to ask for much more.
On today's episode of The Herd, though, Colin Cowherd was quick to downplay Baker Mayfield's performance.
Cowherd went on a bizarre rant about Mayfield, comparing his physical attributes to other first overall picks. His biggest issue is that the Heisman winner doesn't have the imposing size of a Cam Newton, the arm of Matt Stafford, or the total package of a guy like John Elway.
There is definitely a different pressure placed on a No. 1 pick. However, one of Cowherd's favorite quarterback is Drew Brees, who is not much bigger than Mayfield, and probably doesn't have the same athleticism. Obviously Brees was not a No. 1 pick, but he's transformed into a Hall of Famer. If Mayfield somehow turns into Brees, it won't matter at all how big he is or whether he can chuck the ball like Stafford or Josh Allen.
At the end of the clip, Cowherd repeats the mantra "what's your standard?" over and over, and devolves into a strange hypothetical, in which he compares Mayfield to Tristan Thompson if Tristan Thompson was the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA.
If we learn anything from the rant, it is that one person here has a standard, Cowherd, and that standard is "not Baker Mayfield, no matter what."