Odell Beckham Jr. and Baker Mayfield may have just become Cleveland Browns teammates, but Beckham already thinks Mayfield will be a Hall of Famer.
The Cleveland Browns may have found their franchise quarterback in Baker Mayfield and the belief is that Mayfield will be the next best quarterback in the NFL. New Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is one player who is of that belief.
Despite dealing with tons of changes in his rookie season, Mayfield quickly showed that he can handle NFL defenses and make plays for a young offense. He also proved that he can make the talent around him better, something that the best quarterbacks in the league can do.
He won’t have to worry about making the talent around him better next season as general manager John Dorsey built an explosive offense around Mayfield.
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With the addition of Beckham, the Browns boast one of the best receiver corps in the league. Add in a potentially powerful rushing attack with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, and Mayfield will have plenty of weapons to play around with in 2019.
Beckham has only trained with Mayfield and has never played a game with the young quarterback, but the superstar wide receiver told Cam Wolf of GQ he believes Mayfield is the next Brett Favre and will be a Hall of Fame quarterback.
"“I would say he’s next, but I feel like he’s now,” Beckham says. “He’s Brett Favre—he’s going to be a Hall of Famer.” He’s excited about the rest of the first-round talent filling up the roster, too, so much so that he thinks this is a championship-level team. Dynasty-level, even. “I plan on being there for the next five years and trying to bring as many championships there as possible,” he says, “turning [the Browns] into the new Patriots.”"
One of the comparisons for Mayfield when he was entering the draft was Favre. Not only because of his height, but his ability to freelance after scrambling out of the pocket and make plays downfield. Much like Favre, Mayfield is able to create big plays out of nothing.
Beckham is not afraid to make big proclamations, so him saying that he believes Mayfield will be a Hall of Famer. But if Beckham is in Cleveland for the long-term future, then he has a chance to help make Mayfield one of the best players the league has ever seen.
However, Beckham’s proclamation is just going to add another expectation to Cleveland’s 2019 season. Not only are they expected to be one of the best teams in the league, but certain players are now expected to perform like the best players in the league. But if there is any player who can handle those types of expectations, it is Mayfield.