4. Baker Mayfield
Baker Mayfield was at the mercy of poor offensive line play last season. Cleveland’s offensive line ranked just 18th last year in pass protection, according to Football Outsiders, and they allowed 41 sacks. However, the Browns addressed both tackle positions this offseason by adding former All-Pro right tackle Jack Conklin and drafted Alabama’s Jedrick Wills in the first round.
With already a great group of skill players to work with, Mayfield is running out of excuses for his lack of success. Now entering his third season, expectations will be high for the former first overall pick, but will he be able to deliver.
If Mayfield continues to struggle, he may be put on a short leash. Obviously, management is hoping he’s the quarterback they’ve been waiting for all these years.
It’s possible that these AFC North quarterbacks could play themselves out differently in 2020, but I feel pretty confident in these rankings this year.