Maybe the Cleveland Browns aren't that crazy after all.
However, the Browns weren't the only team that believed the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner was worthy of a top overall selection. According to Mayfield's agent, Jack Mills, the New England Patriots wanted to package their No. 23 and No. 31 picks in a trade for the New York Giants' No. 2 overall pick.
NBC Sports Boston's Mike Giardi added that he spoke to a source who said Patriots' head coach and general manager Bill Belichick viewed Mayfield as the closest thing to Jimmy Garapollo in this quarterback class.. New England traded the former second-round pick to the San Francisco 49ers for the No. 37 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft just before the NFL trade deadline this past season.
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The reality is that for the Patriots to move up that high, they would likely would've been forced to surrender their two first-round picks from this draft at minimum. The Giants would likely have asked for a combination of New England's second and third-round picks from this year's draft and maybe even next year's draft, too.
Due to the Browns' bold decision, we may never know.