The Cleveland Browns haven’t had a legit franchise quarterback since “Brian Drew.” Unfortunately for the franchise and its fans, that’s not actually a real person, but rather the name of the QB in the movie, Draft Day. Of course, if things go as planned, 2018 might be the year the team finally gets its man.
Like, say, the New York Jets, the Browns are starved for a quarterback to lead them into the future. In fact, there’s a quarterback competition currently brewing in Cleveland. Well, sort of. What do we mean by that? Take a look for yourself and see who Vegas oddsmakers are picking to be the Cleveland Browns starting quarterback in for 2018 NFL season.
Odds courtesy of BetDSI as of August 3, 2018.
Baker Mayfield (+370)
The Cleveland Browns obviously think very highly of Baker Mayfield. They wouldn’t have selected the former Heisman Trophy winner with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft if they didn’t. But for a kid who’s spent his entire career proving people wrong, this might be his toughest challenge yet.
Mayfield’s numbers in his final year of college were ridiculous. The All-American completed 70.5% of his passes for 4,627 yards and 43 touchdowns (and just six interceptions) and earned Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year honors for the second time in his career. But this isn’t college football, and the consensus is that Mayfield isn’t ready to handle the demands of being a starting NFL quarterback. It’s probably in his best interest to take this first year and learn from an established quarterback.
Tyrod Taylor (-600)
Speaking of established quarterbacks, Cleveland went out and traded for one this past offseason. The Buffalo Bills might not have wanted Tyrod Taylor under center, but he’s a perfect fit for the Browns.
The former Pro Bowler can beat you with both his legs and arm, is the consummate professional, and is already turning the heads of his new teammates with his play on the field and leadership in the locker room. Taylor gives the Browns a legitimate shot at actually winning games in 2018. He’s the heavy favorite for the starting job, and that’s the way it should be.
Statistics courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.
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