QB Mayfield expected to go No. 1 to Browns

Posted April 27, 2018

The Browns have engaged in so many conversations regarding the No. 4 pick, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported, that one decision-maker labeled it the "pivotal point in the draft".

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The Cleveland Browns believe all Baker Mayfield has in common with Johnny Manziel are height and a Heisman.

After drafting Baker Mayfield #1 overall, the Cleveland Browns selected former Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward with the 4th overall pick of the NFL Draft. What about his character convinced the Browns to make him the No. 1 pick and their quarterback of the future?

How does the former Oklahoma All-America quarterback and 2017 Heisman Trophy victor fit in with Cleveland?

After getting selected with the No. 10 overall pick, Rosen had this to say. Just hugs with family, friends and members of Oklahoma's coaching staff, including coach Lincoln Riley and former coach Bob Stoops.

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In advance of the draft, Mayfield was a face in a crowd that included highly regarded and taller quarterbacks like Southern Cal's Sam Darnold, Wyoming's Josh Allen and UCLA's Josh Rosen. Josh McCown is flawless for Sam Darnold.

Oklahoma is the lone program to produce two quarterbacks this millennium who were picked No. 1 overall, and the only program since the 1940s to produce two No. 1 QB picks in a 10-year period. Mayfield, though, said at the scouting combine he would never "settle" for a backup role.

This marks the third time in the past decade that Texas saw the top pick before the NFL Draft.

The Buffalo Bills traded up from the 12th spot to No. 7 to select embattled quarterback Josh Allen who got in hot water earlier Thursday for some racially charged social media tweets he made as a teenaged high school student.

He was not at AT&T Stadium, leaving Commissioner Roger Goodell on stage, hearing cheers cascade throughout the building after announcing the Browns' choice. "He's been up front and honest about messing with me about my mistakes and I've been honest with him about what I learned from it, the fact that it shoudln't have happened".

The All-American with speed, power, shiftiness and excellent hands is considered this year's best player. Doing things that aren't necessarily technically sound, but always seems to find an answer.

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Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson (46) and defensive lineman Poona Ford (95) chase down Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on October 14, 2017. But we obviously have some good young quarterbacks.

And ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. said: "I don't like the pick". Naturally, on the eve of the big day, Mayfield is having a little bit of fun with National Football League draft history. "He thinks he's invincible".

Straight-line speed won't determine whether Mayfield flourishes or fails with the Browns.

With the 32nd selection of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens have selected Lamar Jackson.

Belief is the foundation of the Mayfield-Cleveland relationship.

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