After weeks of speculation that they’d go with the popular selection for best quarterback, the Cleveland Browns defied conventional wisdom and made Baker Mayfield the first pick of the 2018 NFL draft.
Mayfield boasts the most impressive resume of any quarterback in this year’s class with 14,607 passing yards and聽131 touchdowns in four years, as well a completion rate of more than 70% over the last two seasons.
Mayfield checked all of those boxes for the Browns officials and coach Hue Jackson and his assistants.
McCloughan and Dorsey had built Nevin Lawson Womens Jersey up a great deal of admiration for Mayfield while watching him during his college season, and the more homework they did on him, the more they liked him. Meanwhile, while assisting both during the evaluation process, Jackson and his assistants agreed Mayfield was their guy.
Would the New York Giants take their quarterback of the future 鈥?like Sam Darnold or maybe Josh Rosen 鈥撀爓ith the second pick in the draft?
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I wasn’t 100% sure until the Browns drafted Baker (Mayfield) and I got a phone call, Barkley said, donning a fresh Giants cap as the first round of the NFL draft rolled on inside AT&T Stadium on Thursday night. When I saw the New Jersey number, that’s when I knew.
Game Kids Jake Fisher Jersey That’s the spirit of the draft:聽Keep ’em guessing. This first round, which began with Cleveland’s surprise pick of Mayfield, was projected to throw us for a few loops.
Just don’t consider the selection of the best running back in the draft 鈥?whose whirlwind week included the birth of his daughter, Jada, on Tuesday 鈥?as anything but a sure thing in the mind of new Giants general manager Dave Gettleman.
They went Mayfield, we were taking Saquon, Gettleman told reporters at the Giants headquarters in East Rutherford, N.J. It’s that simple.
Gettleman, a聽67-year-old football lifer teaming with new head coach Pat Shurmur, is clearly in no mood to conduct a long rebuilding project. He聽made a major statement in drafting the former Penn State star: Win now.