NFL Mocks named the biggest offseason addition for all 32 teams in the NFL and quarterback Baker Mayfield was given the nod for the Cleveland Browns
Training camp is just around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited for some Cleveland Browns football to be back. With the offseason just about in the rearview, this is a perfect time to look back and reflect on what happened.
That’s exactly what the guys at NFL Mocks have done as they released their biggest offseason moves for all 32 NFL franchises. For the Browns, it unsurprisingly was a quarterback that was named their biggest move.
It really could have been either Tyrod Taylor or rookie Baker Mayfield since each gives them much more confidence moving forward. For George Stockburger of NFL Mocks though, the best move was getting the No. 1 overall pick, which was of course Mayfield.
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Not being blind to the questions surrounding Mayfield, Stockburger says he had what the Browns were looking for:
"“The reigning Heisman Trophy winner was a dynamic, yet divisive player coming out of Oklahoma and entering the 2018 NFL Draft. His personality isn’t for everyone, but his abilities on the field intrigued and impressed the Browns enough to take him number one.” — Stockburger, NFL Mocks"
Cleveland has been in quarterback purgatory since coming back into the NFL in 1999. They’ve felt they filled that hole numerous times with names like Tim Couch, Brady Quinn, Jeff Garcia, Derek Anderson, Brandon Weeden and Johnny Manziel getting cracks at the job.
All finished the same way — in disappointment. However, this time feels different. That’s probably because they have a legitimate starter in Taylor who is coming off a season in which he led a team to the playoffs. He’s also got plenty of weapons like receivers Jarvis Landry and Josh Gordon as well as a potentially dynamic running game.
Most importantly though, Taylor gives them the chance to take their time with Mayfield rather than rush him onto the field. They even brought in Drew Stanton as a backup to make sure not even an injury causes them to turn to the rookie too early.
That makes it seem odd to call him their biggest offseason addition since the plan is to not see him in action at all in 2018. But if it works and Mayfield becomes the face of their franchise, there will be no doubt that it was the best move not only this year but possibly since 1999.