Key Browns executive is a 'big, big Baker Mayfield fan' and now the Browns could shake up the NFL Draft by taking him No. 1

  • A well-connected NFL executive with ties to the Cleveland Browns told ESPN's Adam Schefter that the Browns could take quarterback Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday.
  • It is still unknown who the Browns will take, but most experts believed it would either be Josh Allen or Sam Darnold.
  • Schefter notes that another prominent executive working with the Browns is a big Mayfield fan and may believe he is the best quarterback in the draft.


A new report from ESPN's NFL insider Adam Schefter is going to shake up a lot of mock drafts just days before the 2018 NFL Draft.

According to Schefter, a "very, very well-connected NFL Executive" with connections to the Cleveland Browns, says Baker Mayfield is a candidate to be the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday.

"A very, very, well-connected NFL executive (who has connections to the Browns organization) said to me, 'Hey, Baker Mayfield, just so you know, is square in the conversation to become the No. 1 overall pick.'," Schefter said on ESPN's "Get Up."

Schefter clarified that this does not mean the Browns will take Mayfield and that Browns General Manager John Dorsey maybe the only person in the world who knows which player will be selected.

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 03: Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield looks on during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 3, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 02: Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield answers questions from the media during the NFL Scouting Combine on March 02, 2018 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 02: Collegiate football player Baker Mayfield of the Oklahoma Sooners attends SiriusXM at Super Bowl LII Radio Row at the Mall of America on February 2, 2018 in Bloomington, Minnesota. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 27: Baker Mayfield #6 of the North team throws the ball during the Reese's Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on January 27, 2018 in Mobile, Alabama. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; 2017 Heisman Trophy finalists (left to right) University of Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson and Stanford University running back Bryce Love and University of Oklahoma quarterbck Baker Mayfield pose for photos during the 2017 Heisman Trophy pre-announcement press conference at The New York Marriott Marquis. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; 2017 Heisman Trophy finalists (left to right) University of Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson and Stanford University running back Bryce Love and University of Oklahoma quarterbck Baker Mayfield pose for photos during the 2017 Heisman Trophy pre-announcement press conference at The New York Marriott Marquis. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; 2017 Heisman Trophy finalists (left to right) University of Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson and Stanford University running back Bryce Love and University of Oklahoma quarterbck Baker Mayfield pose for photos during the 2017 Heisman Trophy pre-announcement press conference at The New York Marriott Marquis. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; 2017 Heisman Trophy finalists (left to right) University of Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson and Stanford University running back Bryce Love and University of Oklahoma quarterbck Baker Mayfield pose for photos during the 2017 Heisman Trophy pre-announcement press conference at The New York Marriott Marquis. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 2, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) throws over TCU Horned Frogs defensive end Mat Boesen (9) during the second half in the Big 12 Championship game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 2, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrates after the Big 12 Championship game against the TCU Horned Frogs at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 2, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrates after the Big 12 Championship game against the TCU Horned Frogs at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 2, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrates after the victory against the TCU Horned Frogs in the Big 12 Championship game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 11, 2017; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrates after a pass for a touchdown against the TCU Horned Frogs during the second quarter at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 4, 2017; Stillwater, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrates a touchdown during the first half against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 25, 2017; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) is seen on the field during Senior Night recognition prior to action against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 2, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrates after the Big 12 Championship game against the TCU Horned Frogs at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 09: Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma speaks at the press conference for the 2017 Heisman Trophy Presentation on December 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - DECEMBER 09: 2017 Heisman Trophy Finalist University of Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield answers questions from the media during the Heisman Trophy Finalists Press Conference on December 9, 2017, at the Marriott Marquis in New York Coty, NY. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - DECEMBER 09: 2017 Heisman Trophy Finalist University of Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson 2017 Heisman Trophy Finalist University of Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield 2017 Heisman Trophy Finalist Stanford University running back Bryce Love during the Heisman Trophy Finalists Press Conference on December 9, 2017, at the Marriott Marquis in New York Coty, NY. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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But Schefter did say there is other evidence that the Browns could take Mayfield, including a prominent executive who is a "big, big fan" of the Oklahoma quarterback.

"[Former Redskins GM and current Browns consultant] Scot McCloughan is a big, big Baker Mayfield fan here," Schefter said. "And Scot McCloughan, I believe, he believes that Baker Mayfield may just be the best quarterback in this draft class. So, when he believes that and when there is another person, who has connections to the Browns organization, who tells me, 'Hey, don't take your eyes off Baker Mayfield here,' that just goes to tell you this conversation goes beyond Josh Allen and Sam Darnold, who we had been discussing and speculating for weeks now, that they would be in play to be the No. 1 overall pick."

In a recent survey of 13 NFL Draft experts, Mayfield had an average draft position of 6.5 overall and wasn't projected to go any higher than No. 3 to the New York Jets. Of those experts, nine had Allen going No. 1, and the other four speculated that the Browns would take Darnold.

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