Draft day is finally upon us, and the Browns face arguably the biggest decision in franchise history with regards to who to take with the first overall pick.
Much of the talk over the past month has been around their affinity Wyoming QB Josh Allen, but that narrative has shifted slightly over the past 48 hours.
Multiple reports, including those from Adam Schefter and Mike Freeman suggest that Cleveland is leaning towards taking Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield at number one. If that notion comes to fruition it would be a shocking selection, especially given all the hype that's been given to Allen and Sam Darnold around the number one pick.
Mayfield, for all his on-field exploits at Oklahoma, is undersized and doesn't have the upside of the other top prospects in this draft class. Drafting a slightly smaller signal caller, who lacks the elite arm strength of Allen, into a northern division with the cold and the outside stadia, would be questionable at best.
However, according to an unnamed NFC GM who spoke to Freeman, Mayfield to the Browns is the hot talk in NFL circles today.
Clearly that is significant insight, but it could well be a smoke screen and we won't truly know until the commissioner steps up onto the stage in Dallas to announce the pick.
The buzz is reflecting in the mock drafting community though, with NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah sending Mayfield to the Browns at the top of his latest mock draft.
Mayfield's stock seems to have been on the rise since he's visited with teams in recent weeks. The former Sooner star is also a reported favourite of the Jets and when it comes down to it, his college production is far and away the most impressive of any quarterback in the 2018 class.
Whilst leading Oklahoma to the Rose Bowl, he threw for 4,627 yards and 43 touchdowns, giving up just six picks and posting an FBS leading 70.2% completion rate.
His ability to make plays off schedule and come up big in the clutch for his team time after time won't have gone unnoticed amongst NFL teams, and his elite leadership skills also bode well for his career as a pro.
Mayfield has a rare competitive edge and his self belief is bordering on arrogant at times. The two-time walk-on has overcome adversity in the game to achieve the status of the best player in college football in 2017, and the Browns clearly believe he can translate his accurate, exciting game to the NFL.
Nevertheless, if John Dorsey does turn in his card with the former Oklahoma QB's name on it, the critics will come pouring in. It would be a huge shock, and one can only hope it turns out well for them given their long history of inadequate drafting at the position.
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