May 04

NFL Draft 2018: Browns beat writer presents evidence that Baker Mayfield will go No. 1

As speculation runs rampant that the Browns will draft Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick, many fans and draft observers are asking the question: How did this happen?

The Browns have long been tied to a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick, but former USC quarterback Sam Darnold and Wyoming QB Josh Allen were believed to be the most likely prospects.

Yet for those reading between the lines, the Browns have been high on Mayfield for quite some time. Browns beat reporter Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com wrote a commentary Thursday entitled, “Why I believe Baker Mayfield is the Browns’ pick at 1 tonight.” Cabot dug back through her notes from recent months and found some surprisingly frank praise from Browns execs about Mayfield.

McCoughan made similar comments on a radio show last October, playing up Mayfield’s similarities to Favre.

“He reminds me of a shorter version of Brett Favre,” McCloughan said. “Tough guy. He can throw it. And he’s very confident, and he’s not afraid whatsoever, whatsoever. He’s a battler. … this guy has talent.”

Pat Shurmur: Odell Beckham Jr will “absolutely” be part of team in 2018. They have talked often. OBJ not ready physically to take part in minicamp but is at #NYG.

The Giants possess the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. New York could trade out of the spot as other teams seek one of the top-ranked quarterbacks, but it might make sense to stay put and select Penn State running back Saquon Barkley to further bolster the offense.

The game was paused briefly in the sixth when home plate umpire Todd Tichenor was hit below the belt by a pitch from Scherzer. Brandon Crawford swung under the pitch and catcher Pedro Severino missed the ball before it hit Tichenor.

Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman and 2B Howie Kendrick were held out of the starting lineup. Kendrick singled and scored as a pinch hitter in the eighth.

Giants: Mac Williamson was a late scratch because of neck stiffness, one day after stumbling over the bullpen pitching mound and crashing into a low fence while chasing a foul ball. … RHP Chris Stratton was placed on the paternity list. … RHP Roberto Gomez was called up from Triple-A Sacramento.
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