It’s been a rocky week at the Senior Bowl for Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Baker Mayfield. But despite Mayfield showing up late to Mobile, Ala. due to a family matter, the Oklahoma product has found time to meet with four NFL teams, including the New York Jets.
Mayfield has had “extensive meetings” with the Jets, Bills, Saints and Dolphins, according to The MMQB’s Robert Klemko. He reports the teams put him “through the ringer, teaching him some of their offensive concepts and asking him to recall them an hour later.”
“That’s the only upside for me [being here],” Mayfield said of the meetings with teams to Klemko. “I’m confident I can show exactly what I’m about, how much I care about football and how I’d do anything to win.
“And not just that. Put me on a board and let me show you how much I know about the game. Let me show that I can pick information up, take it and run with it. Getting in front of these people was so important, even bigger than the three years of film I put together.”
One of the greater concerns about Mayfield (besides his undersized stature) is his ability to learn an NFL system. Mayfield was somewhat spoonfed with the Sooners, who run an up-tempo, spread offense. It will be interesting to see how Mayfield commands an offense and identifies defensive schemes at the Senior Bowl.
Mayfield is one of a few high-profile quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl. Wyoming’s Josh Allen is the only quarterback in Mobile who might be more polarizing than the controversial Mayfield.
Klemko also reports Mayfield was late to the Senior Bowl because his mom was dealing with a heart issue earlier in the week. He is expected to play in Saturday’s game.
The Jets are one of several quarterback-needy teams picking at the top of the 2018 NFL Draft. The Browns, Giants and Broncos all have needs at the position and pick first, second and fifth respectively. Buffalo could move on from Tyrod Taylor despite their surprising playoff run; the Bills pick 21st and 22nd overall and could package them in a trade to move up. Miami’s quarterback situation is uncertain and dependent upon Ryan Tannehill’s health. The Dolphins pick 11th overall.
New Orleans is the most intriguing team Klemko reported. The Saints are looking to strike a deal with future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees, but New Orleans also could afford to look toward the future at the position since Brees is 39 years old. Perhaps the Saints, who pick 27th overall, pull a move similar to what Kansas City did last year and make a blockbuster trade up to nab Mayfield.
The Jets will be linked to probably every top quarterback prospect in this 2018 class, as they should be. General manager Mike Maccagnan would be wise to do his due diligence on Mayfield, Allen, Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold. One of these prospects could hold the keys to officially turning the franchise around.