Coach Hue Jackson isn't the only prominent member of the Browns who was swayed by Baker Mayfield during the pre-draft process.

Vice president of player personnel Alonzo Highsmith revealed Monday he had a similar experience with Mayfield, the Heisman Trophy winning quarterback from the University of Oklahoma whom new Browns General Manager John Dorsey drafted first overall on Thursday.

"Hereís the honest to Godís truth," Highsmith said while speaking in front of the Hall of Fame Luncheon Club, according to the Canton Repository.†"From the start of this college football season to the end of the season, I had [Southern California's Sam] Darnold No. 1 and Baker No. 2, [UCLA's Josh] Rosen No. 3, [Louisville's Lamar] Jackson No. 4 and [Wyoming's Josh] Allen after that.

"On our way through everything, you couldnít tell me Darnold wasnít the best. I did all my evaluations of the season.

"Then comes the part where you meet them off the field. You watch their workouts. You watch everything. And Baker blew me away. Highly, highly intelligent. Highly competitive.

"And he had a trait that some of the good ones have. I call it efficacy. That includes the power to effect other people. I thought that of all the quarterbacks I watched, he stood out far and above the other guys. When he walked into a room, you knew he was there."

On Saturday, Jackson admitted Mayfield "didn't convince" him he could be worthy of the top pick until the Browns conducted a private workout with the quarterback March 22 at Oklahoma. When Jackson saw how Mayfield led his teammates and performed during the workout, he was sold.