Breakout candidate No. 3: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback
The final player identified by Dan Schmelzer as a breakout candidate is none other than star quarterback Baker Mayfield. Where this one seems a bit odd is the fact that Mayfield was so good as a rookie, that his first season felt like a breakout.
In 2018, Mayfield broke the NFL record for touchdown passes by a rookie with 27 and added 3,725 yards while completing nearly 64 percent of his passes. Those are grown man numbers, not those of a rookie.
Still, Schmelzer thinks there can be even more in store for No. 6 and credits not only the additional offensive talent but the fact that general manager John Dorsey kept Freddie Kitchens around as the head coach.
"“Mayfield has no shortage of weapons in the Browns’ offense. He also has a fantastic coaching staff who will consistently put him in position to succeed. The former Heisman Trophy winner is in the perfect situation to take the next step, it is simply up to him make the most out of it.”— Schmelzer, NFL Mocks"
Mayfield was a spark plug for a Browns team that needed some fire last season. He said before the draft process that he was the man to turn this franchise around and so far, it looks as though he was right.
Should he do as suggested in this article and take the next step, the Browns will truly be contenders in the AFC North. The best part is, he has the tools around him to do just that.