It’s been a busy 24 hours for Lake Travis product Baker Mayfield.
He became the first Lake Travis football player taken first overall in the NFL Draft and now he’s the next guy being charged to save the Cleveland Browns franchise.
“It’s a clean slate. What I’ve done in the past, I have a lot of fun, great memories, but it’s starting fresh now. Everybody starts over, so that’s what I’m looking forward to doing,” Mayfield said Friday during his Browns introductory press conference.
One man knows Mayfield just as well as any and was in the room when the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback got the Cleveland call, Lake Travis head coach Hank Carter.
While Carter admits he was simply a “fly on the wall” for Mayfield’s celebration, the room was anticipating a great night but they weren’t sure.
“There’s not a metric to it. How do you measure what’s inside of a person? You can’t do that. I don’t think that Baker really knew what was gonna happen, either,” Carter said.
“I can tell you that I was contacted by about a dozen NFL teams throughout the last few months just to get a feel for what he was like when he played for us, but the Browns never contacted me. I heard from a lot of teams, but not them which I think they had a plan,” Carter said.
“Obviously, the last 24 hours, or 48 hours, maybe we started hearing some things. I know when the Vegas odds changed, we felt pretty good that Baker was gonna go number one. Those guys have a pretty good feel for what’s going on.”
As for adjusting to the NFL lifestyle, Carter has little concerns for Mayfield. He’s seen the quarterback deal with expectations and shed pressure his entire life.
“He’s going to be the youngest one in the room and he’s also going to be the one making the most money and so that’s a different feel but I’m going to tell you what I feel like his greatest gift that I’ve seen is his ability to work with people, so I think he’s going to figure that out,” Carter said. “He is relentless in the way he demands excellence and wants to win in everything that he does. I think that’s why he went number one overall and that’s how you change a culture.”
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