Baker Mayfield confidently believes he's the QB who can turn around the Browns

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield stepped up to the podium Friday afternoon at the NFL scouting combine and flat out said the Browns need him and only him as their QB.

Brittany King

Is Baker Mayfield the answer to the Browns' prayers? If you ask him, he's the only man for the job.


The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback didn't mince words when it came to being asked about Cleveland's status, and if there was any way the franchise could get lifted from their 1-31 slump. 

I don't think I'm cocky. It's not cocky. It's just confident.

"If it's anybody's going to turn around that franchise it'd be me. To be able to put them in the right direction," Mayfield confidently told the press at the podium for the 2018 NFL Combine. "They're close. They have the right pieces. Just need one guy at quarterback to make that difference."


Mayfield, who is often compared to former Browns first-round pick Johnny Manziel, measured 6-foot 5/8 at the combine. In the past 15 drafts, the only QB shorter than 6-foot-1 to be drafted in the first round was Manziel who came in at 5-foot-11 3/4, in 2014.


"Height doesn't matter. You see guys like Tyrod Taylor, [Drew] Brees, Russell Wilson," Mayfield said. "They've proven that it doesn't matter. If you want to say something else, I've got three years of tape you can watch. Height doesn't matter at that point. I have less batted balls at the line of scrimmage than the other guys here. I'm pretty sure I'm shorter than them too, so it doesn't matter."