There is a new top dog in Cleveland and his name is not Lebron James. The Cleveland Browns amazed the National Football League world by making quarterback Baker Mayfield the first overall pick in the draft. The Browns had been expected to take the defender and had insisted Mayfield was under consideration throughout the pre draft process. Most speculation still centered on USC’s Sam Darnold and Wyoming’s Josh Allen, but momentum for the Browns favoring Mayfield began to build in the last few days.
Cleveland also had the 4th choose Thursday and used it to pick Denzel Ward, a cornerback from Ohio State. Mayfield, who’d a stellar college career at Oklahoma, but additionally made headlines with his behaviour on and off the field, will be tasked with turning around a Browns team which went 0-16 last season.
Mayfield joins a roster which has Tyrod Taylor as a starting quarterback and Drew Stanton as a backup. The Browns hopes to play Taylor this season, allowing Mayfield time to learn and grow. Mayfield said at the scouting combine he’d never settle for a role. Tyrod Taylor is going to be our starting QB. It is understood by Baker that he’s to come in and learn the National Football League game, Browns coach Hue Jackson stated after Mayfield’s selection, adding, we’ll do everything we may to put him at the best position to play”. The Browns haven’t made the playoffs since 2002, which is the longest active drought in the NFL.
Since returning to the National Football League in 1999, the Browns had 28 different starting quarterbacks, the most in the league. Mayfield led the FBS with 70.5 completion percentage in 2017, and he set an average season record by averaging 11.5 yards a week. He threw for 4, 627 yards with 43 touchdowns and only six interceptions. But Mayfield garnered attention in the past few for his antique on the field, which included creating an inappropriate gesture toward Kansas sideline and planting Oklahoma’s flag on Ohio State’s logo at the 50 yard line following the Sooners victory over the Buckeyes.
Mayfield also was arrested last year in Arkansas on charges of public intoxication, disorderly conduct, fleeing and resisting arrest. He also reached a plea deal last June and paid penalties for several of the fees. I’ve no qualms about it man whatsoever as a person and as a soccer player. I think he’s an extremely great person, Browns general manager John Dorsey stated after picking Mayfield. That is a man who has earned everything he’s, from high school to school to here. For the Cleveland Browns organization, this was the best player. The man knows how to play the game and knows how to win.
He really is a clean child. He’s humble. He really is humble.” . Throughout the draft process, the Browns said they felt Mayfield had admitted to his own mistakes plus they had been behind him. Dorsey even joked with Mayfield asking how he liked food trucks, a reference to the Feb 2017 stoppage that took place near food trucks.
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