Baker Mayfield – QB
Baker Mayfield is in a situation where many believe this season is a make or break moment for the third-year quarterback out of Oklahoma. If Mayfield does in fact “make it” this season, that’s very likely going to lead to a Pro Bowl season for the former No. 1 overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. The notion that he could be a Pro Bowler in year-three isn’t at all unlikely nor hard to fathom, after all in his rookie year he set numerous records. He has the talent needed.
For Mayfield, part of the equation will involve the health of his wide receivers. With Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. both recovering from offseason surgeries, and Beckham being plagued by injuries during the last four years, their health will be a big factor for Mayfield’s success. If the position was deeper with talent, then they wouldn’t be as necessary but because there’s no one really past them, the team needs to ensure they’re healthy-ish all year.
Luckily for Mayfield, Jack Conklin and Austin Hooper were brought in during free agency and Jedrick Wills acquired in the NFL Draft. All three men will help with blocking, but Hooper will also become a reliable target for Mayfield. Having served several years with Matt Ryan down in Atalanta, Hooper is used to accurate passers and Mayfield is one of the best when he’s able to plant his feet.
While it may seem outlandish as a Browns fan to even say this, Mayfield hitting 30 TD’s this year is possible. Considering Mayfield’s the only quarterback since Brian Sipe to toss two-back-to-back seasons of 20 TD’s, it’s entirely possible that a motivated, in shape, and upright Mayfield can hit that number. Also considering the AFC quarterbacks are all pretty old and haggard, Mayfield could find himself going to the Pro Bowl alongside in-division rival Lamar Jackson.