Browns Vetted Baker Mayfield Arrest so Well They Know His Food Order

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistApril 27, 2018

The Cleveland Browns select Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield during the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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To hear Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey tell it, his team is far from concerned with quarterback Baker Mayfield's 2017 arrest from when he was still at Oklahoma.

As Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal shared, Dorsey and the Browns did plenty of vetting before making the reigning Heisman Trophy winner the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday's NFL draft:

The night Mayfield visited the food truck he was arrested in February on charges of public intoxication, fleeing, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest and had to complete 35 hours of community service and an alcohol education program.

Dorsey explained his process of vetting college prospects who may be off-field concerns to ESPN's Josina Anderson before the Browns picked Mayfield, saying, "If you have certain blemishes on your track record, I want to meet you face-to-face. I want to see what lies within your soul and I'll find out within 15 minutes if you have a soul or not!"

Dorsey must have been impressed with Mayfield's soul because the Browns have been looking for a franchise quarterback for years and now have a potential building block after using the first pick of the draft on the Oklahoma product.

Mayfield was confident he could turn things around for the Browns when he discussed the potential he would go to the AFC North team during the NFL Scouting Combine, per Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com: "I think if anybody's going to turn that franchise around it would be me. They're close. They're very close. They have the right pieces. I think they just need one guy, a quarterback to make that difference.''

Mayfield can hurt opposing defenses with his arm and legs, and accuracy shouldn't be much of a concern after he completed better than 70 percent of his passes in each of his last two collegiate seasons.

He threw for 4,627 yards, ran for 311 and tallied 49 total touchdowns, one of which was a reception, in his Heisman winning season.

Despite the accolades, Marc Sessler of NFL.com noted Browns head coach Hue Jackson previously said Tyrod Taylor would be the immediate starter in 2018. However, Mayfield figures to have the chance to compete in the near future, and the Browns have a number of weapons he can develop alongside with wide receivers Josh Gordon, Jarvis Landry and Corey Coleman, as well as tight end David Njoku.

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