NFL Draft underway as Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield selected first overall

The Jets have a lot of holes to fill in this year’s draft

Drafting Baker Mayfield is a bit of a risk for the Browns, but they feel that he is the best player in the draft.

The New York Jets selected USC quarterback Sam Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick in the National Football League draft Thursday night - and they didn't have to endure a horrific season to get him, after all. The Browns are betting their future on the talented 6-foot-tall Heisman Trophy victor from Oklahoma.

"Tyrod and I are going to put and end to the list of quarterback names on the back of that jersey", Mayfield said.

Ahead of Thursday's draft, Ian Rapoport of talked about the possibility of Mayfield going No. 1 to the Cleveland Browns and the potential aftermath of trades that would follow. 33, 35 and 64 overall - and nine total choices in the three-day draft.

For nearly the entirety of the draft process, no one knew who Browns general manager John Dorsey would select first overall. All I can say is, good luck to anyone who bets on the first pick in the draft based on my waffling logic.

Mayfield captained a Sooners squad that went 12-2 in 2017, losing to the Georgias Bulldogs in the Rose Bowl. "He's ultra competitive. He is revered by his teammates and anyone who has ever been around him".

The 23-year-old Austin, Texas, native threw for a total of 14,607 yards and 131 touchdown passes in a career that started with a freshman season at Texas Tech before transferring to Oklahoma. Of course, the final decision isn't his to make, especially as he's on shaky ground after consecutive 1-15 and 0-16 seasons and with a new GM who didn't initially hire him. But he also threw 13 interceptions and lost nine fumbles. Will Baker Mayfield go first overall?

Mayfield may have been college football's top player last season, when he passed for 4,627 yards, 43 touchdowns and won the Heisman Trophy. Baker Mayfield is one bad dude. However, if the Browns couldn't trade back they had to land the pick they wanted the most and that was Denzel Ward.

Mayfield did not attend the draft, staged at Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium, but wrote on Instagram: "CLEVELAND!" I like his competitiveness. Instead, it's Ward, who was.Second Team All-Big 10 in 2017.

Mayfield wound up being the headliner of a quarterback class that produced four top-10 selections - the first time that's happened in the common draft era. Thursday, Dorsey said the team's dive into Mayfield's background was so extensive he knows what Mayfield ordered at the food truck prior to the arrest.

"He has to feet to extend plays", Dorsey said of Mayfield. His efficiency in the red zone is uncanny. For the Cleveland Browns organization, this was the best available player. The 2017 unanimous first-team All-American and the program's sixth Heisman Trophy victor was also a two-time Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and a two-time first-team All-American, and is the Big 12 career record-holder for yards per pass attempt (9.7), touchdowns responsible for (153) and consecutive games with at least one TD pass (40). That said, mocking trades is a fools' errand, so I won't.

Who goes where and when is always fun to speculate about regarding the NFL Draft. Chubb weighs 269 pounds and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds. Rumors are that the Browns are fielding calls for the position.

So Ward was the pick.

Spears said: The stars aligned for this pick. "It was my childhood dream to get to the NFL Draft". More movement in the draft order. Giants have Eli Manning, Broncos have Case Keenum, Dolphins have Ryan Tannehill, Cardinals have Sam Bradford, Ravens have Joe Flacco, Saints have Drew Brees, Jaguars have Blake Bortles and the Patriots have Tom Brady, yet somehow all of these teams could draft a quarterback in the first round. I think if the Browns are as invested in him as we were at Oklahoma, he's going to return the favor by working his tail off.

The idea of trading out of the first spot because of the Giants infatuation with Darnold isn't exactly news, though.



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