CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) –
Baker Mayfield’s antics didn’t deter the Cleveland Browns from selecting the Oklahoma Sooners’ quarterback with the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Mayfield’s critics said he is too small. He was arrested in college. He staked a Sooners flag in the middle of the Ohio State University’s football field. He taunted opponents with lewd behavior.
But none of that mattered for the Browns.
“It is a fresh start for me,” Mayfield said. “It is kind of the same thing, I have not done anything yet. It is a blank slate. Right now, I am not going to get complacent. I am getting a fresh start in Cleveland, and I couldn’t be more excited about it.”
The Heisman Trophy winner and four-year starter said he is looking forward to the journey of becoming a professional quarterback for the Browns.
“I want to stay there for a long time. I am hoping that I can help be the start of something new for Cleveland, we can turn it around,” Mayfield says.
The Browns acquired quarterback Tyrod Taylor during the offseason, bringing a veteran presence into the locker room. Mayfield previously said he does not want to sit when turning professional and wants to make an immediate impact as a starter, but he understands the situation the Browns are in.
“That is a veteran that has been in the league, a guy that I can sit behind and learn from.” Mayfield added, “Tyrod and I, we are going to put an end to that list of the QB names on the back of the jersey.”
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