Should Baker Mayfield start for the Cleveland Browns?
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Should Baker Mayfield start for the Cleveland Browns?

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The Cleveland Browns surprised a lot of draft experts by selecting Baker Mayfield as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. The former Oklahoma standout is obviously the future of the franchise, but some feel he is ready to step in and start at quarterback right away. Still, Mayfield is just a rookie and trotting him out before he's ready could be disastrous to his professional development. What do you think? 🏈

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With all the hoopla surrounding Josh Allen, Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen, Mayfield snuck his way into the Browns' hearts at the No.1 draft spot. Not that it should be surprising; Mayfield was the Heisman Trophy winner after all.

The University of Oklahoma star showed accuracy last year with the Sooners, completing 70.5 percent of his passes and throwing 43 touchdowns. But it is his improvisation and leadership that make him a special prospect. Tyrod Taylor is solid, but he's not the star Mayfield already is.  He is ready to start.

Mayfield may be the next star of the NFL, but he's still a rookie with a lot to learn. The NFL is filled with stories of players thrown to the wolves before they were ready for the big time. The Browns are better off staying safe and letting him learn from the bench. Even Mayfield admits as much:

The best thing — and I say it all the time — was what happened at Oklahoma and sitting for a year when I transferred. To sit there and be able to focus on the physical parts of my body and develop it and the mental side of the game — learning.

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Learning from a guy that’s been in the league, that’s seen defenses and had to go through the process? I’ve never done it before, so I can’t say I know how it’s done. So I can learn from a guy like Tyrod, and Drew Stanton.
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