Mayfield: Browns should have drafted Mahomes in 2017

If Baker Mayfield were general manager of the Browns, he might never have selected himself in the 2018 draft. Instead, he thinks his current employer should have drafted its quarterback of the future the year before.

Mayfield was asked Wednesday if he believes current Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes should have gone No. 1 overall to Cleveland in 2017.

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“Talent wise, I thought he should have been. I love Myles but…” Mayfield said with a laugh. “Coming from the Texas Tech system, there are always your skeptics, people doubting the fact that all he did was sit back there and throw the ball. (Mahomes) threw it 88 times in our game (a 66-59 Oklahoma victory over Texas Tech in 2016), but when it comes down to it, throwing the ball is throwing the ball, and he’s really good at it.”

Mahomes, who visits Cleveland with the Chiefs this week, was never considered a contender to go first overall in 2017, and the Browns took defensive end Myles Garrett. Mahomes went 10th to the Chiefs after a trade up, and Cleveland took Mayfield No. 1 overall this past April.

Mahomes and Mayfield know each other from a brief history at Texas Tech, where Mayfield hosted Mahomes on a visit before the latter joined the Red Raiders and the former transferred to Oklahoma.

After starting only the season finale while sitting behind Alex Smith last season, Mahomes has taken the NFL by storm in 2018. The Chiefs are 7-1 with arguably the most explosive offense in the league, and Mahomes is a leading MVP contender with his league-high 26 touchdown passes and 2,526 passing yards.

The Browns don’t exactly regret the decision to take Garrett. The second-year pass rusher is tied for second in the NFL with eight sacks — one more than he had in 11 games as a rookie.

And Mayfield, while he has struggled plenty thus far, has provided Browns fans plenty of reason for optimism. In six games (five starts), he has completed 58.3 percent of his passes for 1,471 yards, eight touchdowns and six interceptions. He also has helped the Browns to a pair of wins, more than they had in the previous two seasons combined.

On Monday, the Browns (2-5-1) fired head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

–Field Level Media