For likely No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow, a somewhat common comparison has been Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. The two finished their Heisman campaigns with big stat lines, as Burrow broke the record for passing touchdowns in a single season, tossing 60 in 15 games while Mayfield threw 43 over 14 contests. The two also have comparable styles of play on the field, which has added to the light comparison.
Burrow is in the same position Mayfield was in 2018, when he was taken with the first overall pick by the Browns. Burrow admitted during his podium interview that Mayfield has been someone he’s admired for not only his play on his field, but the mentality he has brought to his situation in Cleveland.
“The thing about the confidence, I think it starts in preparation and I’m really confident in my preparation,” Burrow said. “I feel I prepare better than anybody else. That’s why I’m so confident. Because I feel I know what’s going to be happening on Saturdays before it happens. Hopefully I can carry it over to Sundays with the help of the coaches and the veterans. That’s where it starts.
“I really admire Baker’s mentality. Coming in if you’re the No. 1 pick, the team that’s picking No. 1 is there for a reason so there are going to be ups and downs and you have to stay steady through the process.”
Browns QB Baker Mayfield Looking to Bounce Back
After garnering some MVP hype for his second NFL season, Mayfield finished the year with 3,827 yards, 22 touchdowns and 21 interceptions, ranking next-to-last in both passer rating (78.8) and completion percentage (59.4%) despite having both Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry at his disposal.
“It was a different year for me,” Mayfield told reporters after the Browns final game. “Definitely didn’t have it all figured out. A lot of learning lessons, life lessons for me. I’m going to come back a different animal come spring time. … I love this game. I play it because it’s hard to play, it’s hard to have success. It’s the process you have to enjoy. The ups and downs. There was a lot of that this year.”
“Like any one of our players, when they walk in the building, we will have a detailed plan for them about how they are going to improve,” Stefanski told the Browns official site. “Baker, as a young player, the sky is the limit, but we are going to put in the work to get it done with Baker.”
Ohio State WR Prospect K.J. Hill Looks up to Jarvis Landry
Another Browns player that has been mentioned at the combine as a role model of sorts has been Jarvis Landry. When K.J. Hill was asked what current player’s style of play resembles his, the Ohio State pass-catcher chose Jarvis Landry.
“I definitely model my game after Jarvis Landry. I love Jarvis. I feel like me and him have similar type games. He’s just got that dog in him. He’s not always perfect but he always comes down with the ball.”
Both Hill and Landry have the ability to rack up receptions and have similar frames. Landry set the record for most catches by a player in their first six seasons, while Hill holds the mark for career receptions by an Ohio State player.