Draft Night is finally here and with the 1st pick the Browns have drafted Baker Mayfield, quarterback, from Oklahoma. Mayfield is 23 years old, 6’1” and weighs 215 lbs. In his four seasons in college, the first playing at Texas Tech, then the next three at Oklahoma, he threw for 14,320 yards, had a completion percentage of 68.6% and a 129/29 touchdown to interception ratio.
In 2017 he won the Heisman Trophy.
Drafting Mayfield makes sense for the Browns because of the situation in the quarterback room. Tyrod Taylor has already been named the starter and with Drew Stanton being signed as a backup, Mayfield will have the opportunity to sit, learn and grow. One aspect that many feel Mayfield needs to improve is his maturity. With Stanton there to mentor Mayfield, I expect those maturity issues to go by the wayside.
Additionally, Mayfield and Taylor are the same size, which will make it easier when constructing the offense. New Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley and new Quarterback Coach Ken Zampese will have the opportunity to mold an offensive system that will be well suited for both Taylor and Mayfield. Both quarterbacks have good completion percentages, take care of the ball and have the ability to run when needed, but they don’t rely on it as much as they rely on their arm.
All in all, Browns fans should be excited as Mayfield is the quarterback of the future. If he lives up to the hype and leads the Browns to the playoffs, or even the Super Bowl, we won’t be thinking about what could have been had we drafted someone else. Personally, I look forward to the day when we, the fans, don’t look at what could have been and I believe that day starts now!