Cleveland Browns were set on Baker Mayfield long before draft, says Peter King

During three seasons in Oklahoma, Mayfield threw for an average of 4,001 yards, 39 touchdowns and 6.6 interceptions, but what prompted the Browns to select a player which some had expected to go as low as 11 in the draft picking order? After all, even managing two wins as the starting quarterback of the Browns means you have more wins than the last two seasons' worth of Browns quarterbacks combined. "I think about how they deserve a team that's winning, a team they can rally behind and that's what they'll do no matter what".

Jean-Jacques Taylor: I wouldn't have taken Baker Mayfield because I think he's more of a boom or bust player and I wouldn't want that kind of risk with the top player overall in the draft. Cleveland needs a franchise quarterback who will lead the team to success in the next few years, and John Dorsey and his staff believe that Mayfield is that guy.


"We're going to hammer that until I'm good and it feels natural, and that's the way it should be", Mayfield said.

For all the official business and minor details that must be handled during a rookie minicamp, practices are brief and generally ugly.


"I'm always competitive", Mayfield said on Saturday, per Cleveland.com. This gave them a chance to see No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield in action. I'm still going to compete and try and win that job. "Right now, we are trying to get back to that".

Mayfield just happened to be that choice for the Browns that will continue to push this conversation around him throughout the offseason because it is an imminent situation that will arise at some point.


Tyrod Taylor is projected to be Cleveland's starter next season. From the very beginning, obviously, my immediate family, then the friends and coaches and people who have helped shape me. Him and the center, that's something as I said before that he's just got to get used to. "It started at the combine, just talking to him and listening to some of the things he said..." "So when I'm sitting there on the couch (for the draft), the thoughts running through my head as I start looking around at everybody in the room, a bunch of different people who have been there at different stages of my life". I can only aspire to be like that.

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