Baker Mayfield Believes He Can Turn Browns Around, Says He Won't Slip Past No. 5

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistApril 18, 2018

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) throws during an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. Oklahoma won 38-20. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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University of Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield said he could help turn around the struggling Cleveland Browns, who own the first and fourth overall picks in the 2018 NFL draft, and he's confident he'll come off the board inside the top five.

On Wednesday, Robert Klemko of The MMQB shared excerpts of his upcoming SI TV interview with Mayfield, who literally drew a line beneath the Denver Broncos' slot at No. 5 overall.

"I'm not going later than this," he said.

Mayfield always toes the line between confident and cocky, but his numbers back up the bold statements.

The 23-year-old Texas native, who started his college career at Texas Tech before transferring to the Sooners in 2014, compiled a 68.5 percent completion rate with 14,607 passing yards, 131 touchdowns and just 30 interceptions across 48 games at the collegiate level.

He added 1,083 rushing yards and 21 scores on the ground. He even caught a touchdown during his senior season at Oklahoma.

The Browns will likely select a signal-caller with one of their two top-four picks. Sam Darnold (USC), Josh Rosen (UCLA) and Josh Allen (Wyoming) are the other main quarterback possibilities.

"It should come as no surprise: Mayfield, whose 2016 and '17 seasons rank No. 1 and No. 2 all time in the NCAA (by a wide margin) for passer rating, believes that if anybody can turn around the 0–16 Browns, owners of the No. 1 and No. 4 picks in this year's draft, he can," Klemko wrote.

Mayfield is a strong bet to land inside the top five regardless. There's been a rush to move up in the order to obtain one of the class' top QBs, a group that also includes Lamar Jackson (Louisville) and Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State), leading up to the draft.

The New York Jets already jumped from No. 6 to No. 3. The Buffalo Bills, Arizona Cardinals and New England Patriots could also use their draft capital to push toward the top five.

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller ranked Mayfield as the 12th-best prospect in this year's class on his latest big board, which followed the NFL Scouting Combine last month. He rated Darnold (No. 5), Allen (No. 6) and Rosen (No. 7) ahead of him among quarterbacks.

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