Drew Brees on Baker Mayfield: 'He can be a lot better than me'

Cleveland Browns No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield hasn’t taken a single NFL regular season snap yet, but one future Hall of Fame quarterback is extremely high on the rookie. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees heaped praise on Mayfield on Wednesday, saying he thinks Mayfield can be better than him.

Brees made those comments on a conference call with reporters in the lead-up to the Saints’ Week 2 matchup against the Browns. He was not shy about praising the rookie.

“I think he can be a lot better than me,” Brees said on a conference call. “Man, he’s got all the tools. He’s more athletic, he probably can run around better, he’s got a stronger arm. Listen, he’s got all the tools.”

That is quite the statement. Over the past 18 seasons, Brees has established himself as one of the best quarterbacks in football. He’s thrown for over 70,000 yards, tossed 491 touchdowns, made 11 Pro Bowls and has a Super Bowl ring. Once he retires, Brees will waltz into the Hall of Fame.

Saying Mayfield can be “a lot better” than Brees pretty much means Mayfield can be the best quarterback of all-time, because it’s extremely hard to be “a lot better” than Drew Brees. The 39-year-old Brees may be severely underestimating his own skills.

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DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 30: Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) walks off of the field at the conclusion of the game during preseason game action between the Cleveland Browns and the Detroit Lions on August 30, 2018 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 30: Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) calls out signals during preseason game action between the Cleveland Browns and the Detroit Lions on August 30, 2018 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 30: Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) looks for a receiver during preseason game action between the Cleveland Browns and the Detroit Lions on August 30, 2018 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 09: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns follows the action against the New York Giants during their preseason game on August 9,2018 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 09: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns in action against the New York Giants during their preseason game on August 9,2018 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 09: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns in action against the New York Giants during their preseason game on August 9,2018 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 09: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns in action against the New York Giants during their preseason game on August 9,2018 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images)
BEREA, OH - AUGUST 12: Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) participates in drills during during the Cleveland Browns Training Camp on August 12, 2018, at the at the Cleveland Browns Training Facility in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BEREA, OH - JUNE 13: Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) participates in drills during the Cleveland Browns Minicamp on June 13, 2018, at the Cleveland Browns Training Facility in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BEREA, OH - JUNE 13: Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) participates in drills during the Cleveland Browns Minicamp on June 13, 2018, at the Cleveland Browns Training Facility in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BEREA, OH - JUNE 13, 2018: Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns throws a pass during a mandatory mini camp on June 13, 2018 at the Cleveland Browns training facility in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by: 2018 Diamond Images/Getty Images)
BEREA, OH - JUNE 13: Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) participates in drills during the Cleveland Browns Minicamp on June 13, 2018, at the Cleveland Browns Training Facility in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BEREA, OH - JUNE 13: Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) participates in drills during the Cleveland Browns Minicamp on June 13, 2018, at the Cleveland Browns Training Facility in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BEREA, OH - MAY 30, 2018: Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns throws a pass during an OTA practice on May 30, 2018 at the Cleveland Browns training facility in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by: 2018 Diamond Images/Getty Images)
BEREA, OH - MAY 23, 2018: Quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese of the Cleveland Browns watches quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 take part in a drill during an OTA practice at the Cleveland Browns training facility in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by: 2018 Diamond Images/Getty Images)
BEREA, OH - MAY 23: Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) participates in drills during the Cleveland Browns OTA at the Cleveland Browns Training Facility in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Still, that’s the type of quote that makes people take notice. There’s a reason Mayfield was selected as the No. 1 overall pick. If one of the best quarterbacks in the game can recognize the talent Mayfield possesses, that bodes well for his future.

Brees won’t have an opportunity to see Mayfield’s talent up close just yet. The rookie is still squarely behind Tyrod Taylor on the Browns’ depth chart.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Brees only played in one game during his rookie season and that worked out pretty well for him.

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