Cleveland Browns: Final 2018 player rankings start with Baker Mayfield

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31. Tyrod Taylor: After he lost the starting gig, he was the perfect citizen acting’s the Browns’ veteran backup.

He’s a free agent who will be looking for opportunities elsewhere in 2019.

Not sure why Hue Jackson takes so much heat for not starting Mayfield from Day 1. That seemed to be an organizational decision.

And who knows how the rookie would’ve done had you thrown him to the dogs right away, especially with the known discord between Jackson and Todd Haley brewing around the office.

Taylor did his job and bridge the gap to Mayfield. It was thought that the bridge would be longer than 2 1/2 games, but it doesn’t matter, now. The Browns are on the right track.

32. Jamie Collins: Bill Belichick is known for getting rid of a player a year early. In Collins’ case, the five-time Super Bowl winning coach parted ways with his star linebacker at the right time.

Since coming to Cleveland via trade in 2016, Collins has never been the player Browns’ fans heard about who dominated with the Patriots.

Injuries may have something to do with it, Collins missed a lot of 2017 due to an MCL injury.

But back healthy to begin the 2018 campaign, Collins took a beating from the fan base for what looked like a lack of effort.

Pro Football Focus graded 90 linebackers and Collins ranked 47th with a grade of 63.3 (through Dec. 28).

It would be surprise to see him return in 2019.

33. Brian Price: Was a rotational piece on the defensive line, who got in the game enough to compile 210 defensive snaps. The 24-year-old second-year veteran was credited with 12 tackles.

34. Dontrell Hilliard: The Browns’ fourth-string running back to start the year didn’t have a carry all season, although he did catch nine passes for just north of 100 yards.

The running back room was crowded coming out of camp and the emergence of Nick Chubb made playing time even more scarce.

Would’ve been interesting to see Hilliard in more backfield sets alongside Duke Johnson and Chubb, which offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens flashed a little during the Browns’ blowout loss to Kansas City.

35. Drew Stanton: Don’t underestimate his role in helping to bring the offense along and Mayfield with it.

Expect Stanton to return in 2019.