Mayfield measured at 6-foot-1 in February, and many scouts agree that his short frame, barely-above-average arm, and appetite for the dramatic made him one of the riskiest No. 1 overall picks in draft history despite an esteemed college resume of 12,292 passing yards, 119 touchdowns passes, and a 70 percent completion clip in three seasons. It's not going to be something that separates the locker room.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Baker Mayfield intends to conquer, not divide. Mayfield will have to beat out offseason addition Tyrod Taylor for the starting job, then prove he can elevate his supporting cast like he did for the Sooners.
He won't step on any toes.
But joining the quarterback-starved fans of Northeast Ohio in paying close attention to Baker Mayfield's career path are an army of National Football League executives, scouts and owners, all of them waiting to see the influence Mayfield's career can potentially have on some decades-old mores of personnel evaluation. "They brought him and I in because we're both team-oriented guys. We're going to have to see how that plays out". "Hopefully, I'll get a chance to go watch him play, but right now, my focus is on football".
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The plan for now is for Taylor to start and Mayfield to learn while watching a quarterback who led the Buffalo Bills to their first playoff appearance in 18 years last season. Possibly No. 1 in the hearts and minds of Browns fans. "There are some things we've got to clean up". Mayfield showed a deft touch on deep passes when his receivers were going one-on-one with a defensive back.
"I'm always competitive", Mayfield said on Saturday, per Cleveland.com. I thought that of all the quarterbacks I watched, he stood out far and above the other guys. You can't talk about it and earn their respect. That's the mentality you have to have. You have to put the time in.
"It doesn't matter how you get there, everyone here has the same opportunity", he said.
It didn't even faze Mayfield that at least a half-dozen teams had him QB1 on their draft boards. Mayfield has been impressed with Taylor's commitment and openness. "I'm excited to be here". Doesn't make a ton of sense to me.
The Browns rookie mini camp will wrap up this weekend in Berea. "On our way through everything, you couldn't tell me Darnold wasn't the best". This franchise is built on winning.