All of Cleveland is hoping for Baker Mayfield to revitalize one of the most disappointing franchises in recent sports memory, but it won't all be smooth sailing for the 2018 NFL Draft's top pick.


With the Browns finally featuring some actual offensive talent, their revamped core should key some significant progress compared to last seaosn. Part of their offseason reconstruction included acquiring ​Tyrod Taylor from the Buffalo Bills, who could start at quarterback Week 1. 


In fact, offensive coordinator Todd Haley said Mayfield has ways to go in their quarterback competition, as Taylor has cemented himself as a vocal leader in the offense. 

Hearing that Mayfield has a long road ahead isn't the best possible news, but throwing the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner into the fire before he's ready would be far worse.


Haley understands the importance of leadership. And Despite early indications that ​Mayfield isn't ready just yet, the Browns clearly appreciate their current crop of quarterbacks. 

​​It's a new era in Cleveland, and if the Browns are going to finally erase all their past demons, then taking a slow approach with Baker Mayfield is certainly a wise decision.