The rumors of Baker Mayfield going first overall in the 2018 NFL Draft continue to grow.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, coaches and general managers around the league believe the Cleveland Browns are going to take the former Oklahoma quarterback with the No. 1 pick on Thursday. However, he said Cleveland continues to keep quiet about its plans for the pick.
Browns continue to keep the decision on their No. 1 pick a secret, but there is a mounting belief from HCs and GMs around the league that Cleveland will take Baker Mayfield.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 26, 2018
Schefter reported earlier in the week that Mayfield was “definitely” in consideration to be the Browns’ choice at No. 1. However, he also emphasized then that Cleveland general manager John Dorsey hasn’t revealed his plans yet.
“[The executive] said to me, ‘Hey Baker Mayfield, just so you know, is square in the conversation to become the No. 1 overall pick,’” Schefter said on ESPN on Tuesday morning. “Now that doesn’t mean that the Cleveland Browns are going to take Baker Mayfield. They may. They may not. I don’t know the answer to that. None of us know the answer to that other than John Dorsey, the Browns general manager, who’s the man in charge of making this pick.”
Other reports have indicated that Mayfield is one of Cleveland’s top-2 choices for the first pick, along with either USC’s Sam Darnold or Wyoming’s Josh Allen. Cleveland holds the No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks in the first round.
Mayfield is not attending the draft, and he reportedly declined to have an ESPN television crew at his house for the draft. He’ll wait with his family to find out where he will be selected when the draft kicks off Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.