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Baker Mayfield among top rookies in 2018 draft class after NFL season

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Posted at 7:07 PM, Jan 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-01 19:07:26-05

CLEVELAND — Baker Mayfield is a fan favorite after he turned the Browns' longtime bleak future into a bright, promising one where fans can get excited about their team.

Using stats to analyze performances of each NFL team and player, ProFootballFocus.com graded all 32 first rounders after Week 17 of the NFL regular season.

Among the rookie players, Baker Mayfield cemented himself as a star after taking over for an injured Tyrod Taylor in Week 3.

Mayfield led the team to a 7-8-1 record and set the NFL record for the most touchdown passes by a rookie.

Wait, there's more.

Mayfield graded north of 70.0 in nine of his 14 games, while he put 39 big-time throws on tape, the third-most ever recorded by rookie.

Overall, he ended the 2018 season with a grade of 84.5.

Coming in with a 2018 season grade of 79.0, Denzel Ward gave fans another reason to get excited about the Browns.

In 13 games, Ward allowed a passer rating of just 70.7 on throws into his coverage and received an average of 0.88 yards per coverage snaps, both ranked fourth among first-year cornerbacks this year.

What Happened Now?

BROWNS 2022 SCHEDULE

Preseason

  • Week 1 - Aug. 12 - 7 p.m. - Jacksonville Jaguars - (away)
  • Week 2 - Aug. 21 - 1 p.m. - Philadelphia Eagles - (home) - on News 5
  • Week 3 - Aug. 27 - 7 p.m. Chicago Bears - (home) - on News 5

Regular Season

  • Week 1 - Sept. 11 - 1 p.m. - Carolina Panthers (away)
  • Week 2 - Sept. 18 - 1 p.m. - New York Jets (home opener)
  • Week 3 - Sept. 22 - 8:15 p.m. - Pittsburgh Steelers (home)
  • Week 4 - Oct. 4 - 1 p.m. - Atlanta Falcons (away)
  • Week 5 - Oct. 9 - 1 p.m. - Los Angeles Chargers (home)
  • Week 6 - Oct. 16 - 1 p.m. - New England Patriots (home)
  • Week 7 - Oct. 23 - 1 p.m. - Baltimore Ravens (away)
  • Week 8 - Oct. 31 - 8:15 p.m. - Cincinnati Bengals (home)
  • Week 9 - Nov. 6 - Bye Week
  • Week 10 - Nov. 13 - 1 p.m. - Miami Dolphins (away)
  • Week 11 - Nov. 20 - 1 p.m. - Buffalo Bills (away)
  • Week 12 - Nov. 27 - 1 p.m. - Tampa Buccaneers (home)
  • Week 13 - Dec. 4 - 1 p.m. - Houston Texans (away)
  • Week 14 - Dec. 11 - 1 p.m. - Cincinnati Bengals- (away)
  • Week 15 - TBA - Baltimore Ravens (home)
  • Week 16 - Dec. 24 - 1 p.m. - New Orleans Saints (home)
  • Week 17 - Jan. 1 - 1 p.m. - Washington Commanders (away)
  • Week 18 - TBA - Pittsburgh Steelers