If you look at the Cleveland Browns’ 2017 season in just the right light, it was a success: Their 0-16 campaign netted them the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
And with that No. 1 pick, it’s not hard to imagine they’ll go after a quarterback, a position that’s haunted them for two decades.
While Heisman winner Baker Mayfield isn’t the top quarterback in most mock drafts—he usually appears third, after Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen—the University of Oklahoma alum is making his pitch to the Browns in an attempt to convince them to buck convention.
On Friday, he was named the Senior Bowl’s practice player of the week at quarterback.
Baker Mayfield shows up… and wins practice player of the week for his position. https://t.co/ymyT2rWYUR
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 26, 2018
And a day earlier, he vowed to change the franchise’s fortunes should they be so bold.
“They’re getting a winner,” Mayfield told 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland. “They’re getting somebody that’s gonna turn that franchise around. They’re getting somebody that no matter what happens, no matter what anybody else on the outside thinks of that franchise, I’m gonna put belief and I’m gonna put new life into that. And I’ll do everything I can to win and everything for my team and the coaching staff. They’re gonna get the biggest competitor they’ve ever seen. That’s what I brought to OU, and that’s always been what I believe in.”
If it ends up happening, his first drive at the helm of the Browns can’t go much worse than their opening possession of 2017.