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Baker Mayfield | Quarterback | #6

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (23) / 4/14/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 215
College: Oklahoma
Drafted: 2018 / Rd. 1 (1) / CLE
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According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, first-round QB Baker Mayfield has a "long way to go to unseat" starter Tyrod Taylor.
Mayfield has already surpassed Drew Stanton on the Browns' QB depth chart but remains a distant second to Taylor, who has handled all of Cleveland's first-team reps. "I made a commitment to [Taylor] and he has held up his end of the bargain with not just the way he works but the way he plays and the way he leads," said coach Hue Jackson. Obviously the contract-year Taylor is just a placeholder for Mayfield, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner and first overall pick in April's draft. Tyrod will likely be the Week 1 starter but there's a good chance we'll see Mayfield at some point in 2018. Jun 17 - 10:28 AM

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The Cleveland Plain Dealer believes the Browns are serious about starting Tyrod Taylor in Week 1, and that Baker Mayfield will begin his career on the bench.

Coach Hue Jackson has insisted as such but there is little reason to believe when a coach says such things. We are still dubious that the No. 1 overall pick will begin his rookie year riding the pine, but Taylor is a legitimate obstacle. Mayfield will need to light up camp and the preseason to give himself a shot.
May 8 - 5:19 PM

Browns first-round QB Baker Mayfield has been practicing taking snaps under center.

Mayfield saw most of his snaps out of the shotgun formation at Oklahoma, so playing under center will be an adjustment. "We are going to hammer that until I am good and it feels natural," said the reigning Heisman Trophy winner. To ease his transition, the Browns have brought in Mayfield's college center, Erick Wren, on a tryout basis.
Source: ESPN.com
May 6 - 8:52 AM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss confirms the team was interested in Baker Mayfield during the pre-draft process.

Per Reiss, the Pats requested a meeting with Mayfield's agent, but he turned it down on account of the Pats having just the No. 31 pick. Once the Pats acquired the Rams' selection at No. 23, Mayfield's rep gave the go ahead. He met with OC Josh McDaniels the Monday before the draft. Ultimately, the Pats didn't select a quarterback until the seventh round, LSU non-spect Danny Etling.
Source: ESPN.com
May 1 - 4:16 PM

Baker Mayfield's agent says he was informed during the pre-draft process that the Patriots considered moving up to No. 2 to select his client.

The plan would have, of course, been contingent on the Browns passing on Mayfield at No. 1. The Patriots were connected to collegiate quarterbacks throughout the spring, most notably Louisville's Lamar Jackson. The Pats had two first-round selections, but at Nos. 23 and 31, they weren't the kind of ammunition that would get you into the top five. The Pats would have had to sell the farm to even have a chance at making the necessary move for Mayfield, and even then it might not have been enough. The takeaways are that the league loves Mayfield and that the Pats are aggressively looking to life beyond Tom Brady.
May 1 - 1:24 PM

Browns VP of player personnel Alonzo Highsmith said No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield "blew the team away" with his off-field intangibles.

"Here's the honest to God's truth," Highsmith said. "From the start of his college football season to the end of the season, I had [Sam] Darnold No. 1 and Baker No. 2. On our way through everything, you couldn't tell me Darnold wasn't the best. Then comes the part where you meet them off the field. You watch their workouts. You watch everything. And Baker blew me away. Highly, highly intelligent. Highly competitive. When he walked into a room, you knew he was there." Highsmith said Josh Allen was last among the first-round quarterbacks on the Browns' board.
Apr 30 - 6:22 PM

Browns selected Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Mayfield (6’1/215) went 33-6 in 39 starts for the Sooners, finishing second in D-I history in passer efficiency rating (175.4) with a Big 12 all-time record in yards per attempt (9.8), a 131:30 TD-to-INT ratio, and 21 rushing scores. Per PFF College, Mayfield led the nation in QB rating under pressure in 2015 (117.4), 2016 (119.2), and 2017 (111.6). Mayfield has a play-fake-heavy, spread-offense background and lacks ideal height, but his playmaking ability is tangible on tape with plus arm talent and mobility. Only Josh Allen threw with more ball velocity at the Combine in this year’s QB class. Long term, Mayfield should fall on the Jeff Garcia-Russell Wilson spectrum. (Garcia had an underrated prime.) Mayfield will open his career behind Tyrod Taylor in Cleveland.
Apr 26 - 8:16 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer expects the Browns to select Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield at No. 1 overall on Thursday.

Joining the growing chorus expecting Mayfield to be the first player off the board, reporter Mary Kay Cabot says she believes it's "not a smokescreen." Cabot reported Wednesday that the Browns were down to Mayfield and Wyoming's Josh Allen. They've apparently made up their mind, or more likely, finally leaked the name they decided on long ago. We will find out in roughly five hours.
Apr 26 - 2:52 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports there is "mounting belief" among league executives and coaches the Browns will select Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot reported on Wednesday the Browns were down to Mayfield or Wyoming QB Josh Allen, and it sounds like they are leaning Mayfield. Of course, there is no reason for the Browns to tell the truth, and it seems like GM John Dorsey is keeping everyone else out of the loop. Thankfully, all the rumors end and smokescreens dissipate tonight.
Apr 26 - 8:31 AM

Sources tell the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot that the Browns are believed to be down to Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield or Wyoming QB Josh Allen with the No. 1 overall pick.

Per those sources, the Browns have "cooled" on USC QB Sam Darnold in recent days for whatever reason. This falls in line with what some around the Browns have been saying for about a week now, as radio host and ex-Browns DB Dustin Fox reported last week that Cleveland was down to Mayfield and Allen. NBC's Dan Patrick reported the same on Monday. For what it's worth, GM John Dorsey's righthand man Scot McCloughan has said for a while that Mayfield is his No. 1.
Apr 25 - 10:26 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter was told Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield is "definitely" in the running to be the No. 1 overall pick.

The Browns are keeping their cards close to the vest, so it is tough to tell what they will ultimately do with the first pick. They have been strongly linked with USC QB Sam Darnold, Wyoming QB Josh Allen, and now Mayfield, who Browns consultant Scot McCloughan has banged the drum for since last year. Even if Mayfield is not taken No. 1, he is expected to come off the board in the first five picks, with the Jets strong suitors at No. 3.
Apr 24 - 8:38 AM

ESPN New York's Rich Cimini expects the Jets to decide between Baker Mayfield and Josh Rosen at the No. 3 overall pick.

Conventional pre-draft wisdom is that the Jets are zeroed in on Mayfield, but Cimini passes along "some support" for Rosen inside the organization. The Jets likely have similar grades on Mayfield, Rosen, and Sam Darnold, explaining why they were comfortable moving up to No. 3 in the draft. They'll simply take whichever quarterback falls. With Darnold expected to be drafted at No. 1 and Saquon Barkley favored to go to the Giants at No. 2, Gang Green's decision will likely come down to Mayfield-versus-Rosen.
Apr 23 - 5:16 PM

According to SI's Peter King, the Cardinals "don't like Baker Mayfield, they love him."

In fact, King has the Cardinals trading up from No. 15 to No. 5 to draft Mayfield in the spot currently owned by Denver. It would be a steep price for Arizona to pay, almost certainly including next year's first-round pick. To date, Mayfield has been the favorite to go to the Jets at No. 3 overall. King has the Jets passing on Mayfield in favor of UCLA QB Josh Rosen.
Source: MMQB
Apr 23 - 2:31 AM

According to ESPN's Rich Cimini, "some insiders believe" the Jets have narrowed their choices to Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield and UCLA QB Josh Rosen with the third overall pick.

The Jets traded up to No. 3 with the sole intent of drafting a franchise quarterback and it looks like their choice will come down to Mayfield or Rosen. Of course, that's assuming USC QB Sam Darnold, who the Browns are considering with the first pick, doesn't slip to No. 3. There's been a lot of Mayfield buzz in New York lately, though Rosen remains a consideration. Even if he's available, it looks like the Jets will pass on Wyoming QB Josh Allen.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 22 - 8:49 AM

Draft Analyst’s Tony Pauline reports Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield being drafted by the Jets is a "done deal."

The Jets are higher on Mayfield than Josh Rosen. They also like Sam Darnold, but Mayfield looks to be their pick if Darnold doesn't fall. Mayfield has "won over" GM Mike Maccagnan in the pre-draft process and fits the West Coast scheme of OC Jeremy Bates. The most pro-ready quarterback in this year's class, Mayfield would push Teddy Bridgewater and Josh McCown to be the Jets' Week 1 starter.
Apr 21 - 2:59 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tyrod Taylor
2Drew Stanton
3Baker Mayfield
RB1Carlos Hyde
2Duke Johnson
3Nick Chubb
4Matt Dayes
GLB1Carlos Hyde
2Nick Chubb
3RB1Duke Johnson
2Carlos Hyde
FB1Dan Vitale
2Marquez Williams
WR11Jarvis Landry
2Rashard Higgins
3Antonio Callaway
4Ricardo Louis
WR21Josh Gordon
2Corey Coleman
3Jeff Janis
4Damion Ratley
5C.J. Board
WR31Corey Coleman
TE1David Njoku
2Darren Fells
3Seth DeValve
4Devon Cajuste
LT1Shon Coleman
2Austin Corbett
LG1Joel Bitonio
2Chris Barker
3Christian Schneider
C1J.C. Tretter
2Austin Reiter
3Anthony Fabiano
4Geoff Gray
RG1Kevin Zeitler
2Spencer Drango
3Avery Gennesy
RT1Chris Hubbard
2Donald Stephenson
3Victor Salako
K1Zane Gonzalez
2Ross Martin