Baker Mayfield’s Rollercoaster Career in Cleveland

Updated: Sep 20

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When former Browns General Manager John Dorsey drafted Baker Mayfield out of Oklahoma with the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, most NFL Draft experts were stunned. While Mayfield had won the Heisman Trophy award a few months prior during his senior season at OU, compiling over 4,500 yards through the air and 43 touchdowns, many predicted USC Quarterback Sam Darnold to head to the 216. Known for his swagger and borderline cockiness, Mayfield was seen as a swagger-filled leader, but there was concern about his frame. Going into the draft, he was listed at only 6’1 and 209 pounds compared to Darnold’s height of 6’3 and weight of 225 pounds. Despite the concern among draft experts, Cleveland was excited to potentially have found their franchise quarterback after searching long and hard for one once the franchise returned in 1999.

Year 1:

The “Pied Piper” as former head coach Hue Jackson called him, would make his NFL debut

during a two-minute drill in the first half against the New York Jets on September 20th, 2018.

Trailing 14-0 at his own 34-yard line after original starter Tyrod Taylor exited the game with a