Baker Mayfield said he would be excited to be drafted by the Cleveland Browns, because their roster is better than their record last season indicates.
Mayfield appeared on CBS Sports HQ on Wednesday to discuss his place among the quarterbacks in the 2018 NFL Draft. Bill Reiter asked Mayfield about the possibility of playing with receivers like Josh Gordon and Jarvis Landry, as well as maybe Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, who could be available at No. 4 if the Browns take a quarterback first overall. Mayfield was hyped up just thinking about it.
“Oh my gosh, if you’re surrounded by those guys, you better be able to put numbers up,” Mayfield said. “That’d be an incredible situation for me.”
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 28, 2018
It’s been a while since any quarterback was putting up big numbers for the Browns. Cleveland hasn’t had a Pro Bowl player at the position since Derek Anderson in 2007. Former Baylor star Robert Griffin III is the last quarterback to win a game for the Browns, and that was more than a full season ago. Between the weapons Reiter mentioned and third-year receiver Corey Coleman, Mayfield could have the potential become the first solid quarterback for Cleveland in a long time.
It’s not clear where the Browns rank Mayfield on their draft board. Cleveland coach Hue Jackson has praised the former Oklahoma quarterback’s leadership abilities, but he and Browns general manager John Dorsey both skipped Mayfield’s pro day workout. Even if Cleveland doesn’t take him, Mayfield said he is interested to see how the Browns improve going forward.
“They’re making the right moves, they’re bringing in the right guys,” Mayfield said of the Browns. “They’re really turning it around. So whether I’m on that team or not, I’m excited to see how it turns out, because after meeting with them and talking to them – they’re working for it. They know exactly what they’re doing, so I’m excited to watch.”