If Odell Beckham can make hay with a fading slinger and a college QB now playing in Memphis, imagine what he can do with Baker Mayfield. Mayfield imagined away Monday.

BEREA  In imagining how Baker Mayfield might mesh with OBJ, consider Dede.

Dede Westbrook lasted until Round 4 of the 2017 NFL draft. In 15 games for Jacksonville, in his second pro season, he produced 707 receiving yards and five touchdowns.

Now check out Westbrook's 2016 season at Oklahoma with Mayfield slinging the rock: 13 games, 80 catches, 1,524 yards, 17 TDs, fourth in Heisman Trophy voting behind Lamar Jackson, Deshaun Watson and that Mayfield guy.

Finally, as an indicator of wideout star power, let us examine the second NFL season of Odell Beckham Jr.: 96 catches, 1,450 yards, 13 TDs.

Kind of makes you wonder how good Mayfield to Beckham can be in Cleveland.

On Monday, Mayfield shared his initial reaction to last month's big trade:

"It was one of those things that, like O said, you can't put into words.

"I had two people at the house with me when I found out. I just started screaming, just yelling like you would have thought I was on the field on game day."

Beckham's five-year NFL career has unfolded with fading gamer Eli Manning. His college QB was Zach Mettenberger, now with the Memphis Express of the AAF.

What might Beckham accomplish with a recent No. 1 overall draft pick entering his prime?

The question is bigger than that for Mayfield, who was 7-7 as a rookie starter in games he finished, on a team coming off an 0-16 year.

"I’m absolutely not satisfied with how last year ended," Mayfield said. "And then you start to realize what jump you want to make from Year 1 to Year 2.

"It’s really important for people to realize that it’s not just a fluke season. This is real. I’m not satisfied with setting one record. I want to win Super Bowls."

Mayfield will turn 24 on April 14, but he is not the fish out of AFC North water he would have been when Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco and Andy Dalton were 30-something QBs on playoff regulars. He is more than two years older than Flacco's Raven replacement, Lamar Jackson. Roethlisberger is a high-mileage 37. Dalton is on thin ice in Cincinnati.

"Mayfield to Beckham" is the rage.

"It's the potential, it's knowing exactly what type of guy he is," Mayfield said. "His play speaks for itself, but the things we talked about all last year of what we need to go in the right direction ... that's the best thing. He's a team guy, and he's going to be a great presence for us in this locker room."

Mayfield relishes having former LSU teammates Beckham and Jarvis Landry at his disposal. He amused himself by divulging the game plan:

"Close my eyes and throw it and hope one of them catches it."

 

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