No. 24: Cleveland Browns
2019 Record: 6-10
Points For: 335 – Points Against: 393
Projected 2020 Over/Under Win Total: 8
Picked No. 1 overall in the 2018 draft by the Browns, Baker Mayfield headlined a strong quarterback class that also included Sam Darnold (No. 3, Jets), Josh Allen (No. 7, Bills), Josh Rosen (No. 10, Cardinals), Lamar Jackson (No. 32, Ravens) and Mason Rudolph (No. 76, Steelers).
During his rookie season, Mayfield’s play seemed to justify Cleveland using the top pick to acquire him, as he was able to lead the team to their first win in 19 games in his first NFL appearance to snap a 635-day winless streak en route to going 6-7 as a starter, his 27 touchdown passes in 13 games setting an NFL rookie record in the process.
Hyped to the gills thanks to his rookie campaign and the addition of game-breaking wide receiver Odell Beckham last offseason, Mayfield had a massive sophomore slump, winning won only six games, which was fewer than Darnold (seven), Allen (10) and Jackson (13), and just one more than Rudolph (five). (Rosen went 0-3 in three starts for the Dolphins after he was traded following his lone season in Arizona.)
Now entering his third year in the NFL, Mayfield has a career record of 12-17 and is in dire need of a good season to prove he can be Cleveland’s franchise quarterback moving forward. The organization seems committed to helping him do it: under the direction of first-year general manager Andrew Berry and rookie coach Kevin Stefanski, the Browns have done everything they can this offseason to put Mayfield in position to succeed and possibly get Cleveland into the playoffs for the first time since 2002.