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The excitement has been swirling in Cleveland since the Browns hired John Dorsey as the new general manager of the team. Dorsey has made that known with the number player acquisitions he has made during the offseason. Between trades, free agency and the draft, Dorsey and the Browns were able to acquire quarterback Tyrod Taylor, running back Carlos Hyde, receiver Jarvis Landry and defensive back Damarious Randall, just to name a few. While those are some impressive acquisitions for the Browns, it can be argued that none of them have as much anticipation and excitement put on them from fans as the first overall selection from the 2018 NFL Draft Baker Mayfield.
Obviously, the goal in Cleveland is to have a winning football team. The Browns have not had much success in being able to assemble a consistently competitive team since returning in 1999. Actually, some would argue that the Browns have struggled to put a competitive team on the field at all in the last 20 years. Either way, it feels like Cleveland has been just a piece or two short of putting together a successful team. The way things are looking at this point, the Browns seem to have all of the right pieces together and are on their way to long-term success.
Drafted from the University of Oklahoma, the 23-year-old Mayfield was chosen by the Cleveland Browns not only to be the team’s franchise quarterback, but he was selected to be the next face of the franchise. The task of being one of those things for a team is enough of a struggle, but to be both for the same team, Dorsey had to really see something inside of Mayfield that he felt no one else had. In the months leading up to the draft, all of the analysts had quarterbacks Sam Darnold or Josh Allen being selected by the Browns with the first pick. Only hours before the draft happened did rumors start to swirl about Mayfield being the first pick. So what does Dorsey see in Mayfield that made him select the Heisman Trophy winner as Cleveland’s future?