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Make it or break it: Why Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold and Josh Allen all need breakout years in 2020

Five quarterbacks were selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, the most since six were selected in the famous 1983 draft that included John Elway, Dan Marino and Jim Kelly.

And while this draft has already produced an MVP award, it was generated by not only the last quarterback taken in the first round of the draft, but the last player taken in that first round — Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens.

The quarterbacks' successes have not come in reverse order, though, as the fourth quarterback chosen in that draft, Josh Rosen, just joined his third team after being cut by the Miami Dolphins this past week, and he had to settle for the expanded practice squad of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The first three quarterbacks selected in the 2018 draft — Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold and Josh Allen — are now at a crossroads. They have all held the reins of their respective teams for the majority of their two-year careers, with only modest successes amid significant inconsistency. In this article, I want to look at the outlook for these three players and foreshadow what that means for the Browns, Jets and Bills.

Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns

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