How Much Will Every 1st Round Rookie Contribute In Year 1?


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The Cleveland Browns took another crack at finding their franchise quarterback in the April's draft at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. We've heard this story before, of course, but this is the first time the Browns have used the No. 1 pick on a quarterback since they took Tim Couch in 1999.

This time around, they chose former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield.


While some view Mayfield as an unconventional choice because of his height (just under 6'1"), there are plenty of reasons to believe Cleveland has finally gotten things right. Mayfield has a fantastic leadership presence. He is accurate (career 68.5 percent passer). He is careful with the football (fewer than 10 interceptions in each of his four seasons). And he is a playmaking passer (4,627 yards and 43 touchdowns last season).

However, Cleveland has made it clear that it won't be rushing Mayfield onto the field. Instead, it will rely on veteran Tyrod Taylor, who helped lead the Buffalo Bills to the playoffs last season for the first time since 1999.

"I'm not going to back off of this," head coach Hue Jackson said, per Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. "We can keep writing this narrative. Tyrod Taylor's the starting quarterback of this football team, and that won't change."

Of course, this is Cleveland, where quarterbacks simply don't start a full 16-game slate. We'll probably see Mayfield at some point, either due to injury or after the Browns have fallen out of contention. However, while fans will get a look at the future in 2018, Mayfield is not going to have a large role.

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