3 Baker Mayfield substitutes the Browns should already aim for

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Malik Willis, Flames of Freedom. (Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports)

If the Cleveland Browns are to find a replacement for quarterback Baker Mayfield, these three names are worth watching.

The Cleveland Browns used the first overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft against Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield. The hope was that he would be the long term answer to the post for the foreseeable future. It looked really promising in his rookie season, when he started to take over from injured Tyrod Taylor.

Since then, Mayfield has been unable to replicate the production in his first season in the NFL. This year, Mayfield has struggled, which can be attributed a bit to his left shoulder injury. On Christmas Day, the fourth-year appellant made the start against the Green Bay Packers after being activated off the reserve / COVID-19 roster. In the first half, Mayfield threw three brutal interceptions but luckily it didn’t cost Cleveland too much.

The Browns may have to assess the quarterback position this offseason, especially if they think they can make the playoffs. Here are three options they should keep an eye out for this offseason.

Browns: Baker Mayfield replacements will already be targeted

Malik Willis, Freedom

The Browns, given their current ranking in the NFL, are more likely than not to choose midway through the first round. That could very well put them out of position to select Pitt’s Kenny Pickett or Ole Miss’s Matt Corral. But, there are still some solid first-round callers who can fall in Cleveland’s lap.

Liberty’s Malik Willis could be one of them.

Willis has shown throughout his studies that he can play with his arms and feet. This season, as the Flames’ starting quarterback, Willis had 2,857 yards, 27 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while completing 61.1% of his passes. Plus, Willis ran for 878 yards and 13 touchdowns on 197 carries.

In the LendingTree Bowl, Willis had 13 of 24 passes for 234 yards and three touchdowns, while also covering 58 yards and two touchdowns in eight carries. Willis’ performance helped Liberty clinch a 56-20 victory over Eastern Michigan.

If head coach Kevin Stefanski is to develop his own young signalman, Willis would be a solid option for the Browns.