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Baker Mayfield on Giants taking Daniel Jones at No. 6: ‘Blows my mind’

Baker Mayfield is already developing a reputation for making controversial, off-the-cuff remarks heading into only his second NFL season. The outspoken Cleveland Browns quarterback continued that trend with some surprisingly critical comments about another team’s decision on draft day earlier this year.

In an in-depth profile by GQ’s Clay Skipper, Mayfield weighs in on the New York Giants’ controversial selection of Daniel Jones early on in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft might raise the most eyebrows.

Near our booth, a SportsCenter segment about the New York Giants catches Mayfield’s eye. “I cannot believe the Giants took Daniel Jones,” Mayfield says, about New York’s much-maligned draft-day decision to spend the sixth pick on the quarterback from Duke (whose college record was a measly 17–19). “Blows my mind.”

Mayfield’s remarks can be interpreted to criticize how Jones, despite his 17-19 record in college, was selected before former standout Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins. After all, Haskins fell to the Washington Redskins at the No. 15 pick even though he posted a stellar 13-1 record last season while leading the Buckeyes to a Big Ten title and a Rose Bowl victory.

“Some people overthink it,” Mayfield said. “That’s where people go wrong. They forget you’ve gotta win.”

There of course was no shortage of speculation, not to mention doubt, concerning Mayfield’s prospects for success in the pro game ahead of the 2018 NFL Draft. The Browns nevertheless took what many viewed as a gamble by selecting Mayfield at No. 1, but the organization presumably is quite pleased with the decision.

“Either you have a history of winning and being that guy for your team,” Mayfield said when asked what are the characteristics of a great quarterback, “or you don’t.”

Mayfield certainly has a history of winning given his Heisman Trophy-winning play at Oklahoma, and he showed signs of being a franchise-caliber signal-caller during his rookie campaign last season. With the Browns being tabbed as a potential Cinderella story of the 2019 season, it will require the confident, if not cocky, Mayfield to take the next step.

It sure sounds like Mayfield is up to the challenge.