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John Dorsey explains why he kept Baker Mayfield pick secret

John Dorsey

Some teams make quite clear who they plan to draft with the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft, but the Cleveland Browns were not one of them.

General manager John Dorsey was exceptionally secretive about Cleveland’s plans, and he explained why they were so tight-lipped about Baker Mayfield to NFL Network’s Good Morning Football on Wednesday.

“Personally, when I knew is when I left the private workout in Norman, Oklahoma, I knew in my gut that that was gonna be the guy,” Dorsey said, via Sean Wagner-McGough of CBS Sports. “But when you make a decision this large, you want to have unanimous consent in the building. So you don’t want to set the stage or alter anything. So you want to hear unbiased opinion on everybody before you make this decision. So that’s why I kept it as pure as we possibly can.”

By Dorsey’s retelling, that’s exactly what happened, and all the big names in the building independently agreed that Mayfield would be the guy.

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