Baker Mayfield Career Timeline:: How Baker Mayfield went from No. 1 pick, to scout team member, to breakout star


Baker Mayfield has experienced a tumultuous journey in the NFL, marked by unexpected trades and playoff victories. Despite initial challenges, Mayfield, a former first overall pick, is gaining momentum under the Florida sun. His upcoming playoff game against the Lions could be a pivotal moment, potentially elevating him from being one of the lowest-paid NFL quarterbacks to a sought-after free agent.

Mayfield’s college career began at Texas Tech, where he walked on and became the first walk-on true freshman quarterback to start the season opener at an FBS/BCS school. However, a transfer ensued due to a coaching dispute and miscommunication. Mayfield then walked on at Oklahoma, where he earned the starting position in 2015. Over the next three seasons, he led the Sooners to two College Football Playoff appearances and won the Heisman Trophy in 2017.

Here are Mayfield’s college stats:


– 2013: Completion % 64.1, 2,315 yards, 12 TDs, 9 INTs
– 2015: Completion % 68.1, 3,700 yards, 36 TDs, 7 INTs
– 2016: Completion % 70.9, 3,965 yards, 40 TDs, 8 INTs
– 2017: Completion % 70.5, 4,627 yards, 43 TDs, 6 INTs

Mayfield entered the NFL draft in 2018 as one of the most sought-after prospects. Despite concerns about his stature and areas needing improvement, he made history by becoming the first walk-on to be selected as the No. 1 pick. The Cleveland Browns drafted him, and he has since navigated the challenges of the NFL landscape.

The upcoming playoff game against the Lions presents an opportunity for Mayfield to further prove himself and potentially secure a competitive free-agent status. His journey, from a walk-on at Texas Tech to a pivotal player in the NFL, reflects resilience and determination.


Baker Mayfield Career Timeline:

Cleveland Browns (2018-2021):

  • 2018: Mayfield made his Browns debut in Week 3 after Tyrod Taylor’s injury, leading the team to a comeback win. He became the starting QB and finished the season 7-8-1, the team’s best record since 2007.
  • 2019-2021: Mayfield became the face of the franchise, leading the Browns to their first playoff berth since 2002 and a playoff win in 2020. Injuries affected his fourth season, and the Browns traded him to the Panthers in 2022. The Browns finished with a 32-32-1 regular season record during Mayfield’s tenure.

Carolina Panthers (2022):

  • Mayfield earned the starting position but suffered a high-ankle sprain, leading to a backup role. After requesting a trade, he appeared on the scout team and went 1-5 with the Panthers.

Los Angeles Rams (2022):

  • Picked up by the Rams, Mayfield came in for a struggling quarterback in his first game, leading the team to a comeback win. He finished with a 2-3 record and was released after the season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2023-present):

  • Signed by the Buccaneers in March 2023, Mayfield became the starting QB. He started the season 3-1, had a midseason lull, and then won four straight games. In Week 18, the Buccaneers clinched their third-straight NFC South title. Mayfield had a career-best regular season, finishing with a 9-8 record, 28 touchdowns, 4,044 yards, and a 64.4 completion percentage.
  • In the wild-card round of the playoffs, Mayfield threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns in a 32-9 win against the Eagles.

Baker Mayfield Contract:

  • Mayfield’s contract with the Buccaneers, signed on March 16, 2023, is a one-year deal worth $4 million, including a $1.9 million bonus for the playoff berth.
  • Over his career, Mayfield has earned more than $55 million.

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Quarterbacks drafted first overall

Most of the time, a quarterback is the first overall draft pick. Here’s a look at what quarterbacks have been selected No. 1 since 2000.

Year Player College NFL team
2001 Michael Vick Virginia Tech Atlanta Falcons
2002 David Carr Fresno State Houston Texans
2003 Carson Palmer USC Cincinnati Bengals
2004 Eli Manning Ole Miss San Diego Chargers
2005 Alex Smith Utah San Francisco 49ers
2007 JaMarcus Russell LSU Oakland Raiders
2009 Matthew Stafford Georgia Detroit Lions
2010 Sam Bradford Oklahoma St. Louis Rams
2011 Cam Newton Auburn Carolina Panthers
2012 Andrew Luck Stanford Indianapolis Colts
2015 Jameis Winston Florida State Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2016 Jared Goff California Los Angeles Rams
2018 Baker Mayfield Oklahoma Cleveland Browns
2019 Kyler Murray Oklahoma Arizona Cardinals
2020 Joe Burrow LSU Cincinnati Bengals
2021 Trevor Lawrence Clemson Jacksonville Jaguars
2023 Bryce Young Alabama Carolina Panthers


How many teams has Baker Mayfield played for?

  • Cleveland Browns
  • Carolina Panthers
  • Los Angeles Rams
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers