Amid a widespread belief in NFL circles that the Browns will draft Baker Mayfield first overall shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday, coach Hue Jackson praised the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Oklahoma in an interview with ESPN.

"He's a bright-eyed guy, very passionate about football, can speak the language. He demonstrated the things that we are looking for in a quarterback," Jackson told ESPN's Josina Anderson, who's embedded this week at Browns headquarters in Berea.

Anderson said, based on conversations she's had, it's her "personal feeling" that the Browns have settled on Mayfield as the No. 1 pick.

Two league sources told the Beacon Journal/Ohio.com they sense Mayfield will become the top pick. Either way, as of Thursday morning, the organization had not informed the player's camp of its intentions, a person familiar with the situation said.

Earlier this offseason, Jackson declared trade-acquisition Tyrod Taylor the starting quarterback for the 2018 season and made it clear the incoming rookie -- whether it be Mayfield, Southern California's Sam Darnold or Wyoming's Josh Allen -- would watch and learn from the sideline to begin his career.

Mayfield would have another plan.

"Whatever team I go to, Iím not going to settle for a backup job," Mayfield said last month at the NFL Scouting Combine. "Iíve never been like that. I never will. Iím going to push that person in front of me. When it comes down to it, the best manís going to win, and I know that."

Jackson is aware of Mayfield's stance.

"He doesnít [plan to sit]," Jackson said with a laugh last month at the NFL owners meetings. "Obviously, Iíve had these conversations with all these [quarterbacks], and they know. I mean, we laid it out pretty clearly, what the expectations would be and what weíre trying to accomplish here.

"To a man, they all get it. I think they understand that this opportunity ó as bad as they want it ó could be a little overwhelming, and that thereís things they need to learn on an everyday basis before theyíre ready to take it on. So I feel good about the four guys we met with that they understand where we are and what weíre trying to do."