The Cleveland Browns felt they hit the jackpot when they selected defensive end Myles Garrett and quarterback Baker Mayfield with consecutive No. 1 overall picks. However, it seems Mayfield feels Cleveland should have gone with Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes from the beginning.
Both Garrett and Mahomes were two of the most highly-touted prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft. According to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, Mayfield thinks they should have taken the latter over his current teammate:
“Talent wise, I thought he should have been – I love Myles but…,’’ he said with a smile before going out to practice for the Chiefs visit on Sunday. “Coming from the Texas Tech system, there are always your skeptics, people doubting the fact that all he did was sit back there and throw the ball. He threw it 88 times in our game (a 66-59 Oklahoma victory over Texas Tech), but when it comes down to it, throwing the ball is throwing the ball, and he’s really good at it.”
While there may be some truth to Mayfield’s comments, it is hard to see what good can come from him making them. The selection of Mahomes would have essentially guaranteed that he would have gone somewhere else other than Cleveland. The timing of his comments could not be worse given all the substantial changes they recently made with their coaching staff. Regardless, it is difficult to argue with what he said.
Patrick Mahomes has undoubtedly been the hottest quarterback in the NFL this season. He currently leads the league with 26 touchdown passes as the Chiefs currently sit atop the AFC Conference with a 7-1 record. Meanwhile, the Browns have struggled to win games over the last two years. Although Myles Garrett and Mayfield have shown signs of promise, they still have yet to live up to the hype that comes with being a former No. 1 overall pick.
Even if the Browns had decided to go quarterback, there was no guarantee they would have picked Mahomes. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky had been the highest-rated quarterback in the draft, which is why the Chicago Bears felt they needed to trade up to the No. 2 overall spot. Thanks to Baker Mayfield, Cleveland is now wondering what could have been.