By Henry McKenna
Baker Mayfield thought the New England Patriots were interested in drafting him — extremely interested.
Mayfield wasn’t sure if the Cleveland Browns would take him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. (Spoiler alert: They did.) If the Browns passed on Mayfield, he believed — at least for a little while — that the Patriots were in play to trade up to draft him at No. 2 overall, he told ESPN’s Mina Kimes.
Here’s what Kimes wrote about Mayfield during the pre-draft process:
“Until the day of the draft, Mayfield wasn’t sure the Browns would take him with the first overall pick. (For a while, he was convinced New England would trade up for him at No. 2.) He found the challenge of joining a long-struggling team — Cleveland’s last playoff appearance was in 2002 — exhilarating.”
Mayfield’s agent shared this information last offseason, suggesting that the Patriots were in the mix to do something wild. New England was viewed as interested in moving up in the first round for a quarterback in the 2018 draft. And reports circled that the Patriots made an effort to meet one-on-one with Mayfield, which followed reports that they wanted to draft...