Baker Mayfield hungry to get Cleveland Browns back to tradition of winning


"This was an answer to that, and they feel they have enough at pass rush that the need for a cornerback was greater".

One of the best opportunities for a franchise to improve is through the NFL Draft, which occurs every April.

Former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, who went from walk-on to Heisman Trophy victor, was taken by the Cleveland Browns as the No. 1 pick in last Thursday's NFL Draft. "That is the way it should be because I can play out of the 'gun".

On Friday, Mayfield said that he doesn't believe that approach will lead to any issues inside the team.

This decision might silence doubters and pay off, or it might fail in epic fashion - something the Browns are all too familiar with.

The former walk-on quarterback has fought for starting jobs before. The guys who have been doing it for a while, I have to earn their respect.

There is still plenty of work to do for the Browns organization that has been the bottom of the barrel in the league for many years. Mayfield could end up becoming another Johnny Manziel, as he has a similar reputation.

"It taught me patience", Mayfield said.

"At this point, it is not about size", the rookie quarterback said.

Did the Browns make the right call here, or should they have taken a different quarterback with this year's top pick? But here's the thing: the Browns wouldn't have traded a third-round pick for Taylor if they didn't plan to start him. Other notable players that could be significant players for the Browns in upcoming seasons are Georgia running back Nick Chubb and offensive lineman Austin Corbett out of Nevada.

Mayfield will have to display all those qualities in his first season in the National Football League, as the Browns aim to bounce back from a dismal campaign, which saw them become only the second team since the Detroit Lions in 2009 to finish with a 0-16 record. Mayfield said he understood the team's approach after he was drafted, but that his mindset was a competitive one. Not only would they acquire Jarvis Landry to bolster their receiving corp, but they would acquire QB Tyrod Taylor from the Buffalo Bills as well. The franchise's history of bad luck has been the theme of their embarrassing seasons of the past several years.

We all knew Mayfield had that fire and didn't want to sit. We're not going to be fighting over who's the man in the locker room.