5 things to know about Cleveland Browns No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield
In the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday night, the Cleveland Browns selected Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield No. 1 overall. Here are five things you should know about Mayfield.
1. He went from three-star recruit to Heisman Trophy
He was only a three-star recruit out of high school and his lone scholarship offers came from Rice, Washington State and Florida Atlantic, yet last season he became the sixth Oklahoma player to win the Heisman Trophy, and third quarterback, joining Jason White (2003) and Sam Bradford (2008).
2. He's a Top 10 all-time quarterback statistically
Mayfield ranks in the top 10 in college football history in total touchdowns (152 passing and rushing) and passing yards (14,607). The only QBs ahead of him are Case Keenum of Houston (19,217), Timmy Chang of Hawaii (17,072), Landry Jones of Oklahoma (16,646), Graham Harrell of Texas Tech (15,793), BYU’s Ty Detmer (15,031) and Boise State’s Kellen Moore (14,667).
3. Baker Mayfield is a road warrior
In his three-year career at Oklahoma, he never lost a road game, going 14-0. Pretty impressive for a player who originally was a walk-on at Texas Tech, and after leaving that program as a freshman, walked on again at Oklahoma after sitting out the 2014 season.
4. He was arrested and charged with public intoxication
He was arrested in February 2017 in Fayetteville, Arkansas and was charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct, fleeing and resisting arrest. He apologized for the incident and said it was one of the "biggest mistakes" of his life. He had to undergo alcohol education through Oklahoma, and had to perform 35 hours of community service.
5. Mayfield's mother was invovled in a fatal car crash
In April 2015, his mother, Gina, was involved in a car accident while on vacation in South Carolina that resulted in the deaths of three people, including a family friend, while Gina Mayfield and her sister were seriously injured. Gina Mayfield could not travel home to Lake Travis, Texas for more than a month.