Baker Mayfield reportedly was convinced Patriots would trade up to select him last year

Ryan Hannable
July 17, 2019 - 11:40 am
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Last May, Baker Mayfield's agent said his client believed the Patriots had interest in him coming out of the draft.

Of course, they would have needed to trade up a great deal to land him, but they had the ability to do it.

Ultimately, he went No. 1 overall to the Browns, but now a year later, it's being learned Mayfield was convinced the Patriots would trade up and select him No. 2 overall.

“Until the day of the draft, Mayfield wasn’t sure the Browns would take him with the first overall pick. (For a while, he was convinced New England would trade up for him at No. 2.)," Mina Kimes wrote in a ESPN the Magazine feature on the Browns QB.

It seems things worked out well for Mayfield as Cleveland was the perfect landing spot.

“He found the challenge of joining a long-struggling team — Cleveland’s last playoff appearance was in 2002 — exhilarating. ‘I wanted to come here and play and be the one to change it right away,’ he explained to Kimes.

Mayfield and the Browns will come to Foxboro and face the Patriots Oct. 27.
 

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