Entering Senior Bowl Week in Mobile, Alabama, Baker Mayfield wasn’t in the discussion for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
However, that all may have changed after a strong showing throughout the week where he clearly outshined fellow top-rated quarterback and projected first-round pick Josh Allen.
According to Yahoo! Sports‘ Charles Robinson, Mayfield is now “squarely in play” for the Cleveland Browns’ top pick.
From the report:
If Baker Mayfield’s flag wasn’t planted at the No. 1 pick in the draft a week ago, he’s squarely in play for the Cleveland Browns after a strong showing at the Senior Bowl.
Mayfield’s skills and on-field mentality left multiple evaluators believing Cleveland is heading into a debate between two players with the No. 1 pick in the draft: Mayfield and USC’s Sam Darnold, who will make his league-wide debut next month at the league’s annual scouting combine.
Whoever the player ultimately ends up being when Cleveland turns in its card on draft day remains to be seen, but it’s a virtual lock that the Browns will be selecting a quarterback with one of their top five picks if they don’t address the need under center in free agency.
Currently, Mayfield, Allen, UCLA’s Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold of USC are the top signal-callers available.