Mayfield is the top National Football League pick; Rudolph, Washington to Steelers

Cleveland Browns were set on Baker Mayfield long before draft, says Peter King

An undersized quarterback with some character concerns; that preconception clearly didn't phase the Cleveland Browns. Taylor is 22-20 as a starter, all in the past three seasons with the Bills, and he led Buffalo to the playoffs last season. You simply don't draft a player at that position so high without expecting an immediate impact.

"If you're playing the Bengals and Steelers for one-quarter of your schedule every year, you have to be concerned with those two receivers". "I don't think being out here and having a guy, if there's anything that we feel that might hurt a guy, I'm going to make sure I take him out".

The Cleveland Browns held their rookie minicamp this weekend.

Last month, PFF's Sam Monson laid out his case for Mayfield as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft here, citing how dominant he was on tape and by several different metrics.

However, head coach Hue Jackson, who really should not have an National Football League head coaching job, said that free agent Tyrod Taylor is the team's starter and that's not going to change.

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"I'm going to come in with the mindset to compete but also the hunger learn (behind Taylor)", Mayfield said. Cleveland could have had both, so even if Mayfield proves Cleveland right it'll be hard not to wonder what could have been if the Browns had played this differently. "We are going to hammer that and we are going to work on what I need to work on so that we can go from there".

"But he's very brash and we've seen some of the things that can rub people the wrong way".

Mayfield knows why Taylor has the backing of Jackson and noted that his goal is to make similarly favorable impressions with his new teammates. "It doesn't matter where I got drafted; you have to start over".

The Browns returned at pick No 4 and again made a slightly surprising move, opting for Ohio State cornerback Denzel Wardto strengthen an area of weakness rather than take NC State defensive end Bradley Chubb - who fell to the Denver Broncos with the fifth overall pick. He's the starter, and all I can do is help us out. "He's the last one to leave, and I can only aspire to be like that". I got his number and talked to him and bounced a lot of things off of him.

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