Baker Mayfield felt a ‘whole lot of emotion’ in call with Browns GM John Dorsey
The Cleveland Browns, as was expected in light of reporting leading up to Thursday’s first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, selected Baker Mayfield with the first-overall pick. And the former Oklahoma star and reigning Heisman Trophy winner was not surprisingly overcome with emotion when fielding the draft call from Browns general manager John Dorsey.
The phone call between Mayfield and Dorsey, as detailed by Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot:
“Baker, Mr. Dorsey. How are you?…Hey, lemme ask you a question? Do you wanna be the first pick in the draft?”
“Yeah, I do,” Mayfield whispered through sniffles.
“Huh?” said Dorsey.
“Yeah, I do,” Mayfield said a little louder, but still through sniffles.
“Well, buddy, boy, I want you to get excited here because I’m going to put the card in here and we’re going to take you here with the first pick in the draft.”
“Hey — let me ask you a question … you want to be the first pick in the draft?” pic.twitter.com/Ll6z5UiVej
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) April 27, 2018
Mayfield later described the “surreal feeling” of receiving a call that changed his life.
“Fifteen minutes prior to that, I had been looking around my house and seeing who I was surrounded by, people from all different stages of my life who have helped me get to get to where I am,” Mayfield said. “It brought out all of the emotions with the tough times that we had gone through and the good ones. To think about it all there in that moment, it was going to be a fresh start, and it was a whole lot of emotion packed into one phone call. When he asked me that, that’s an emotional thing for me.”
In being the No. 1 overall pick in a draft loaded with top-notch quarterbacks obviously comes with an inordinate amount of pressure. And being drafted by a Browns organization saddled with a decades-long bout of ineptitude at the most important position in football — it’s referred to as the “Factory of Sadness” for good reason — only exacerbates matters for Mayfield. But if there’s one thing Mayfield is not lacking in it’s confidence.