Browns rookie minicamp: Studs, studies and first impressions

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Fast forward to last week, when the Cleveland Browns selected Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft.

According to Bill Barnwell at ESPN, Mayfield will make his first start in Week 12, after the Browns have beaten last season's win total, and Tyrod Taylor has done enough to still have value on the trade market. He was a walk-on at Texas Tech, a walk-on at Oklahoma after transferring, and he didn't follow the trend from the past few years of hiring a quarterback tutor to prepare him for the NFL Scouting Combine and ultimately the draft.

To do that, Mayfield intends to be himself, which means he'll go at it full throttle. On Friday, after Mayfield impressed at his first National Football League practice, Browns coach Hue Jackson reemphasized that Taylor will remain the Browns' starter - no matter what.

The Browns returned at pick No 4 and again made a slightly surprising move, opting for Ohio State cornerback Denzel Wardto strengthen an area of weakness rather than take NC State defensive end Bradley Chubb - who fell to the Denver Broncos with the fifth overall pick. Mayfield will have to beat out offseason addition Tyrod Taylor for the starting job, then prove he can elevate his supporting cast like he did for the Sooners. I'm going to work here for the Browns.

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For all the official business and minor details that must be handled during a rookie minicamp, practices are brief and generally ugly.

"I'm being very honest", Jackson was quoted as saying by CBS.

"I remember Russell, he was one of the best interviews I've ever been around", the third scout said. If Taylor struggles and the Browns get off to yet another frightful start, the calls for Mayfield will become overbearing. "So when I'm sitting there on the couch (for the draft), the thoughts running through my head as I start looking around at everybody in the room, a bunch of different people who have been there at different stages of my life".

"They brought him and I in because we're both team-oriented guys", said Mayfield. "He's the last one to leave, and I can only aspire to be like that". More teams are taking to the fact that it's possible and those guys are winners, so why not?

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