2022 NFL Mock Draft: Browns find Baker Mayfield's replacement as three quarterbacks go in Round 1 : If Cleveland doesn't want to give Mayfield a long-term deal it could look to the draft
Baker Mayfield was pretty good in 2020, in part because he's a good player, but also thanks to Kevin Stefanski's system, which features one of the league's best offensive lines and provides a nice balance of run and pass. There's also that young, physical, fast defense that was only supposed to get better in '21. But injuries on both sides of the ball -- starting with Mayfield -- have sidetracked a promising start to the 2021 campaign and the Browns, who were 3-1 on Oct. 3 now find themselves 5-5 and in last place in the AFC North. Just so we're clear: This isn't all Mayfield's fault, but he's got one more year on his rookie deal (he'll make more than $18 million in '22) and if the team wants to re-sign him it'll likely cost north of $35 million a year. That's a hard figure to square with how he's played this season, which is a long-winded way of saying: Maybe the Browns will look to the draft for his replacement.