However, the Browns weren't the only team that believed the 2017 Heisman Trophy victor was worthy of a top overall selection.
Mayfield's agent, Jake Mills, revealed New England's serious interest in his client on the Andrew Brandt Podcast. "Another team had said, 'You may get a big surprise on Draft Day at No. 2, if he's available.' And it was the Patriots", Mills offered in the interview. So the Patriots were obviously interested, covering all the bases.
Not all of the 32 teams in the National Football League made their fans happy in the first round.
Throughout the 2018 NFL Draft process, which quarterback would be selected first seemed totally up in the air. Brady elected to "plead the fifth" when he was asked about whether or not the franchise appreciated him.
Davenport's true skills are questionable; since he played at the University of Texas San Antonio, he faced competition that wasn't even close to his skill level or athleticism.
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Brady's impending retirement is what makes the Mayfield story plausible and intriguing.
Ultimately, Patriots fans should be happy this deal didn't come to fruition. "And this is kind of what the Patriots do: Make sure they're ready for all situations". New England traded both of their younger quarterbacks, Jacoby Brissett and Jimmy Garoppolo, last season. According to Mayfield's agent, Jack Mills, the Patriots were poised to trade up to the No. 2 position to draft Mayfield. With the 219th overall pick, the Patriots selected LSU's Danny Etling.
Rosen believes he should have been taken with one of the first three picks. "UCLA's volleyball team was in front of me". Bill Belichick passed over the opportunity to take Lamar Jackson twice in the first round, and didn't select a quarterback until the seventh round. With the next pick, the Ravens drafted tight end Hayden Hurst out of SC, who promises to be a solid target in the middle of the field for years to come. Mayfield certainly would have been an intriguing fit for the Patriots.
The quarterback he ultimately chose was Oklahoma signal-caller Baker Mayfield and Dorsey was very confident in making that decision.