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No UFO, the Browns’ most significant draft decide on this century was 3 many years ago – Terry Pluto

CLEVELAND, Ohio – In 2018 draft, the Browns have been ideal about their biggest selection.

That was producing Baker Mayfield the No. 1 decide on.

You can argue that Lamar Jackson is superior. Or most likely, you’ll make the scenario for Josh Allen, two other very first-spherical quarterback picks that night time. But so ended up Josh Rosen (YIKES, my most loved!) and Sam Darnold.

I experienced to do a personal computer research to even uncover Rosen. He’s with the 49ers as a backup. San Francisco is his third staff considering the fact that Arizona designed him the 10th choose in 2018. The No. 3 decide on in that draft, Darnold was traded by the Jets to Carolina. It was a prolonged, irritating a few yrs for Darnold in New York.

Jackson and Allen have led their teams to the playoffs.

For what it’s value, my QB rating in 2018: 1) Rosen. 2) Allen. 3) Mayfield. 4) Jackson. 5) Darnold. I did not assume Darnold or Jackson would have important NFL professions.

Why am I contemplating about this on draft day, 2021? Mainly because with out the selection of Mayfield, it’s uncertain the Browns would be in the placement where by they don’t need a QB. They would not be coming off an 11-5 time and a playoff victory about Pittsburgh.

You know a group is in superior condition when it quickly picks up the fifth-calendar year solution on its QB, as the Browns a short while ago did. Then the big concern isn’t if a extended-expression offer is sensible. Instead, it’s how numerous thousands and thousands must the QB be compensated?

Baker Mayfield’s stock is increasing. The Jets have traded the stuggling Darnold. Both of those ended up in the 2018 Draft. John Kuntz, cleveland.com


At the 2018 NFL blend, Mayfield manufactured his case to the media for wanting to be the No. 1 choose headed to Cleveland.

“First points 1st, they’d get a winner,” mentioned Mayfield. “If anyone is heading to transform that franchise all-around, it’s likely to be me. They’re shut. They are quite close. They’ve bought the appropriate parts and they just have to have that a single man at quarterback to make the change.”

Mayfield was mostly correct. The staff was form of close to no for a longer time staying an NFL joke. But it took more than a QB. Previous GM John Dorsey not only drafted Mayfield, he also picked operating back Nick Chubb in the 2nd spherical. They traded for receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. Dorsey gave Kareem Hunt a 2nd possibility. Then new GM Andrew Berry added key gamers on the offensive line.

Finally, Mayfield was hooked up with coach Kevin Stefanski, who when yet again demonstrated he could assist a QB strengthen as he did in Minnesota with Kirk Cousins and Circumstance Keenum.

But it also was crucial that Mayfield wanted to perform in Cleveland. He embraced the problem. He needed the self-confidence/cockiness because he experienced no idea what he was dealing with. 4 head coaches, three offensive coordinators and two GMs later – all in 3 seasons – Mayfield has emerged as the QB this franchise requires.

Among other issues, he’s durable, hardly ever missing an NFL start off. He proved in 2021 to be adaptable to Stefanski’s offense. He’s been teachable, remaining way from some of the immature points he’s stated in the past.

“When it arrives to hunting back again 3 years back to this (draft) working day, it is been a daily life-altering instant for my spouse and children and friends,” Mayfield claimed in a Zoom connect with.

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and wife see something strange in night sky: Crowquill

Illustration by Ted Crow. Baker Mayfield and his wife see what they believe is a UFO.


Alright, Mayfield statements he observed an Unidentified Flying Object.

“So have I,” reported my wife. “At Baldwin Wallace.” That was in the 1970s. Who is aware what definitely is traveling close to up there?

Mayfield also has built the case for Sasquatch. Most of us have another person in our households or know anyone who seems to have witnessed Sasquatch. I didn’t see him, but heard he had a awful pro working day.

As lengthy as Mayfield does not sign up for the Flat Earth Society with Kyrie Irving. Absolutely nothing wrong with having a tiny pleasurable.

NOW It’s Harder

The Browns have to find out some thing new – coping with results.

“This is the 1st time at any time in my career where by 11 men who started out at just one place on offense are all coming again,” Mayfield explained in a Zoom get in touch with. “That’s truly distinctive.”

The Browns will be the “cool” decide to attain the Super Bowl by some in the media. Others will be seeking for motives for them to are unsuccessful. They’ll point out 2019 when the buzz coach fell rudely off the tracks.

“The culture and everything associated to our full team, it’s nowhere around what it was (in 2019),” said Mayfield. “That’s a good matter. We have worked challenging on placing a common. … We will established our personal expectations.”

Mayfield and the Browns are considering significant but determined to keep the bravado turned down. Which is very good information. And for followers, that need to be a relief as they observe what their most loved crew does in the draft.



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