Making the case why Baker Mayfield should be Seahawks QB of the future
What went right for Baker Mayfield in Cleveland
The story of Baker Mayfield is one of the rarest in all of sports. A walk-on at both Texas Tech and the University of Oklahoma, the small in stature, but big in confidence quarterback would have one of the most dominant three-year stretches in Big 12 history.
Mayfield would lead Oklahoma to three straight conference championships, a 34-6 record, over twelve thousand yards passing, 119 touchdowns, and two College Football Playoff appearances, and the prestigious Heisman Trophy. In his final two collegiate seasons, Baker led the NCAA in completion percentage and passer efficiency rating.
While he is considered a small quarterback at just over six feet tall, it was his Drew Brees-like accuracy that drew the Cleveland Browns to take Baker with the number one overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, a somewhat shocking upset over USC wonderboy Sam Darnold. Mayfield was headed to Cleveland, one of the worst run franchises in NFL history.
In his rookie season, he brought the Browns back to respectability, going 6-7 when they were 0-16 the previous season. By his third season, he led the Browns to their first playoff appearance since 2002 and defeated their arch-rival Pittsburgh Steelers for their first playoff victory since 1994. During this season, Baker went 11-5 with a 62% completion percentage, and a 28-8 TD-to-Int ratio.
The future looked bright for Mayfield and the Browns.