Even as the No. 1 overall draft pick, Baker Mayfield knows he has another hill to climb.
The former walk-on quarterback has fought for starting jobs before. And he has another battle ahead of him with Browns quarterback Tyrod Taylor.
Mayfield admits it’ll be a process to compete with veteran NFL quarterbacks, but he’s excited to learn from the likes of Taylor and Drew Stanton.
“I can’t wait to learn from [Taylor], especially with him and a guy like Drew Stanton,” Mayfield said during a ESPN “SportsCenter” interview on Friday. “They’ve been in the league. They’ve seen things I haven’t. Just being able to learn from them without necessarily having to directly ask them questions. But just watch how they work, watch how they do certain things, their routines. And that’s the type of stuff I’m excited to learn from them.”
He added, “I know Tyrod’s the starter and I’ve got veterans in front of me. So, all I have to do is handle myself. I got to work and get better to where I can even the playing field, because they’ve been in the league for a little bit.”
Mayfield’s approach to the game hasn’t changed. At Oklahoma, Mayfield competed for the starting job with Trevor Knight. He did the same thing as a walk-on when he went to Texas Tech after no major programs offered him a scholarship.
His work ethic hasn’t failed him yet, but cracking an NFL depth chart figures to be Mayfield’s toughest challenge of his playing career.