Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Mayfield is the top National Football League pick; Rudolph, Washington to Steelers

Mayfield is the top National Football League pick; Rudolph, Washington to Steelers

With the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, the Browns would select Sooners signal-caller Baker Mayfield. Taylor has already been pegged as the day one starter, but things can change from now and September.

Baker Mayfield's whirlwind introduction to Cleveland included some sage advice from Bernie Kosar at the annual Browns alumni dinner with the rookies on Thursday night and a warm welcome from Browns fans.

Remember what all-time draft bust Ryan Leaf said about Mayfield before the draft? "It wouldn't matter what [Jackson] was saying in regards to the competition". I'm still going to compete and try and win that job. "It's a blank slate, and right now I'm not going to get complacent".

"Selfishly, me being a guy from Youngstown, Ohio, and an hour from Cleveland, I can't wait for him to bring the Browns back and be the guy they've needed", Stoops said. "Trust your eyes", was the mantra that Dorsey followed when evaluating all of the top QB's, and his eyes clearly told him that Mayfield was their guy.

Ben Baby: I was a little surprised that Mayfield went No. 1 overall. I think that is where it starts. He was quick to say if anyone is going to turn around a franchise like the Browns, it would be him. He comes in early. "In Texas I guess that's kind of late".

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Mayfield's stock improved dramatically leading up to the draft. The Browns traded for Taylor in March before they reached a consensus on taking Mayfield, who won a Heisman Trophy last season while losing some fans for objectionable on-field antics.

That doesn't mean there isn't a huge learning curve for Mayfield, who passed for 4,627 yards and accounted for 48 touchdowns with just six interceptions while leading Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff last season. It's a question posed Saturday on Twitter by former National Football League receiver Andrew Hawkins, who spent three years with the Browns and now has a budding media career: What happens if Tyrod Taylor takes a team that has won one game in two years to the playoffs?

"If you're playing the Bengals and Steelers for one-quarter of your schedule every year, you have to be concerned with those two receivers".

Jackson also wants to make sure the Mayfield hype train slows down a bit.

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