ABOUT BAKER MAYFIELD
The NFL Draft is coming, and the Browns were being speaking quarterbacks.
But it’s such a different discussion. I believed about that when GM Andrew Berry was asserting the Browns have picked up Baker Mayfield’s contract solution for 2022.
Not 2021, but 2022.
It was a specified. Sign up for the $18.9 million. Below control for two far more seasons. They also will attempt to indicator him to an even for a longer time extension at some point.
Timeout for a several names: Robert Griffin III, Josh McCown and Cody Kessler.
That was the Browns’ QB area in 2016.
A several a lot more names: Johnny Manziel, Austin Davis and McCown.
That was the QB place in 2015.
Ah, the memories…
DeShone Kizer, Kevin Hogan and Kessler.
That was the QB home in 2017.
You can go back…decades…if you long to see names such as Brandon Weeden, Colt McCoy, Thad Lewis and Seneca Wallace in print. I’m stopping there.
That is why it’s just a feeling of aid to know at the extremely least, the Browns have a QB in Mayfield who can acquire video games and direct them to the playoffs.
This is not to convert Mayfield into a superstar. But it is to give him credit score for not only surviving four head coaches (and a few diverse offenses) in three seasons – but also flourishing underneath new head mentor Kevin Stefanski.
And that’s a further purpose for Browns followers to exhale.
Your team has a mentor/QB combination that turned in an 11-5 history.
It wasn’t all Mayfield. The Browns are loaded with expertise on offense. But the coach/QB have to make it operate.
A Tiny Credit rating TO JOHN DORSEY
He’s long gone now, but previous GM John Dorsey justifies credit history for finding Mayfield, Denzel Ward and Nick Chubb in that 2018 draft. Ward’s 2022 option also was picked up..
Due to the fact Chubb was a second-spherical pick in 2018, he doesn’t qualify for a 2022 option. He’s a free agent at the end of the 2021 time, and the Browns are hoping to indication him to an extension.
You can accurately argue previous GM Sashi Brown and latest System Officer Paul DePodesta created the moves (such as losing) that led to these higher picks.
But Dorsey had to make the ideal picks, just as some of his other discounts led to Jarvis Landry, Kareem Hunt, Wyatt Teller and Odell Beckham Jr.
Berry also was aspect of the front office in 2016-18. He went to Philadelphia as assistant GM in 2019, then returned to Cleveland to substitute Dorsey in 2020. That coincided with the rise of DePodesta’s impact, and the combining of Stefanski and Berry.
A good QB and a front business/coaching staff in “alignment.” Not confident I’d ever see that in Berea.
BERRY’S To start with DRAFT
There is purpose for faith in Berry as the 2021 draft strategies due to the fact he did just what was necessary a calendar year in the past.
The Browns had to discover a remaining tackle, not an quick position to fill with a rookie. Berry and his employees settled on Jedrick Wills Jr., a proper deal with at Alabama. They claimed they had him their No. 1 deal with on their draft board.
They relied on famous offensive line mentor Invoice Callahan, who considered Wills could make the switch from proper tackle to the extra demanding left side of the offensive line.
Wills did it, solidifying the line. Berry’s other huge transfer was signing free of charge-agent suitable tackle Jack Conklin.
The relaxation of the 2020 draft is underneath Wait around & See…
1. Can 2nd-rounder Grant Delpit occur again from Achilles surgical treatment and consider in excess of as a starting protection, as was prepared?
2. Can third-rounders Jacob Phillips (linebacker) and Jordan Elliott (defensive deal with) consider edge of taking part in time that need to be accessible to them in 2021?
3. Can fourth-rounder Harrison Bryant bloom as a pass-catching restricted close? He showed guarantee in that location at situations in 2020.
4. Can sixth-rounder Donovan Peoples-Jones build into a deep-risk receiver? I like his chances. Fifth-rounder Nick Harris confirmed sufficient in 2020 to be thought of a good backup at middle and guard in 2021.
When it will come to this draft, there is no speedy urgency for the Browns to find what Berry identified as, “a remedy-all player.”
The secondary however is a be concerned, particularly the depth at cornerback. The Browns can use additional speed at linebacker and expertise on the line.
But really do not be amazed if the Browns draft some gamers on offense, even with that facet of the ball seemingly established for 2021.
“Your requires today are not the similar as your needs tomorrow,” Berry mentioned, quoting his mentor, previous Colts GM Bill Polian. “I’ve undoubtedly found that to be real in the course of my football occupation.”
Which is not just predraft communicate. It is what Berry believes and why he picked Harris (centre) and Bryant (limited conclusion) a 12 months in the past even nevertheless the Browns had talent at all those positions.
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