- Baker Mayfield was selected by the Cleveland Browns as the number one overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
- Baker Mayfield broke the single-season record for rookie touchdown passes in 2018 after being named the starter in week 4 of the regular season.
- The Browns recently signed pro-bowl wide receiver, Odell Beckham Jr., in March of 2019.
CLEVELAND – While the 2019 NFL season is still months away from beginning, NFL futures odds are ripe for the picking. One futures bet, in particular, has the attention of many Browns fans.
Baker Mayfield is currently listed at (+1400) betting odds to win the 2019 NFL MVP by the international online sportsbook, MyBookie. American-based FanDuel Sportsbook also listed the Browns quarterback at (+1500) betting odds to win the league’s MVP award via Twitter.
— The Duel (@TheDuelSports) May 15, 2019
Five players are favored higher than Mayfield to win the award this upcoming season, though there is no denying the numbers Mayfield was able to produce in his rookie season last year.
Baker Mayfield only started 13 games last season and was able to complete 310 out of 486 pass attempts for a total of 3,725 yards. He averaged 7.7 yards per attempt and scored 27 touchdowns while giving up 14 total interceptions and four fumbles. Overall, he finished the season with a passer rating of 93.7%.
The biggest stat that sticks out from his performance is his number of touchdowns scored. Mayfield passed both Peyton Manning and Russel Wilson as the only rookie in the history of the NFL to throw 27 passing touchdowns in his first season.
Although, he will have to throw plenty more next season to match the performance of 2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes finished last season with 5,097 passing yards, 50 touchdowns and only 12 interceptions.
However, the chances of Baker Mayfield catching up to that caliber is in his favor. According to a tweet posted by Pro Football Focus, “Baker Mayfield’s 97.5 grade on deep passes was the 4th highest among all qualified QBs a year ago.”
Baker Mayfield's 97.5 grade on deep passes was the 4th-highest among all qualified QBs a year ago pic.twitter.com/Am5c7r48kI
— PFF (@PFF) May 7, 2019
The Browns have a new head coach in Freddie Kitchens calling the plays and slew of talent at the wide receiver positions including newly acquired Odell Beckham Jr. USAOnlineSportsbooks.com feels the combination of these two factors and Mayfield’s efficiency on deep passes could lead to more yards and more touchdowns this upcoming Fall.
Once the 2019 NFL season begins, odds for this type of bet will certainly shift. This is why the best time to bet on the NFL MVP award may just be now.