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Baker Mayfield is the Biggest Baby in the NFL and He's Ruining a Great Underdog Story

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 07: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns looks on from the sidelines against the San Francisco 49ers during the third quarter of an NFL football game at Levi's Stadium on October 07, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Baker Mayfield is a former walk-on turned Heisman Trophy winner. He parlayed the gigantic chip on his shoulder to becoming the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, selected by a city in desperate need of a winner.

So why are so many in NFL circles rooting against him?

Mayfield's schtick no longer sits well in the professional ranks. You can only be the underdog for so long, and instead of acting like (for once) he's been there before, Mayfield continues to smack talk fellow players at random (see: Daniel Jones) and fails to produce when the spotlight is on him despite having a plethora of Pro Bowl targets at his disposal. It is early, but these Browns should not be so easy to discard as fool's gold.

Monday night was a microcosm of Mayfield's problematic personality, and how it can be used against him in the court of public opinion and on the football field. On the same night the Oklahoma product deliberately neglected to shake his opponent's hand pregame, Mayfield's statline resembled the opposing signal caller of one of the cupcakes his Sooners regularly featured on their schedule at the beginning of the season, not that of a player many considered one of the up-and-coming stars and an MVP candidate heading into the season.

8-of-22, 100 yards and two costly interceptions. The bulge in Colin Cowherd's pants is growing ever-larger.

God I'm so tired of this.

Mayfield's story has all the makings of a Hollywood ending. Instead, he's giving all of his detractors the ammo they so desperately crave with no end in sight, allowing a man who deletes old controversial tweets for fun to throw one of Baker's signature moments back in his face.

The AFC North is a crapshoot. OBJ and Jarvis Landry are studs. Nick Chubb is a bellcow. Spread the ball around, this isn't college anymore.