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Baker Mayfield Reportedly Guaranteed He Will Be A Top-5 Pick

Former Oklahoma star Baker Mayfield, during an interview.

When the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft commences one week from tomorrow, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield probably won't have to wait very long to hear his name called.

The 2017 Heisman Trophy winner is regarded as a first-round lock, and will most likely go in the top 10 picks. There are plenty of teams that need a quarterback, and while Mayfield might not be every team's preference at the position, you have to figure at least one of the teams picking early will like him enough to pull the trigger.

Mayfield certainly thinks he will be an early pick, a top-five pick at that. In fact, he guaranteed it.

In a new profile for Sports Illustrated, Robert Klemko documents how Mayfield put some of his trademark cockiness on display during a meeting with a prospective agent in January. During the conversation, Mayfield put it in writing that he won't last past the Denver Broncos, who currently hold the fifth overall selection.

Fourteen thousand, six hundred and seven passing yards later, Mayfield found himself at a Mexican restaurant in Hollywood, the Red O, huddling with an agent who was recommended by a handful of Sooners greats. Jack Mills handed him a sheet of paper detailing the compensation for each pick in the first round of last year’s draft. This was January, and most of the experts were pegging Mayfield as a mid-first-round selection. ESPN analyst Todd McShay, for one, had Mayfield at No. 19, to the Chargers. (Ultimately L.A. would end up with the 17th pick.) Mayfield took the paper and in ink drew a line underneath the No. 5 selection, held by the Broncos. “I’m not going later than this,” he said.

In this anecdote, you can see the confidence and swagger that makes some people gravitate toward Mayfield and others reject or dislike him. The man is willing to bet on himself.

Currently, all four teams in the top five have a need at quarterback (the Browns have two picks, No. 1 and No. 4). USC's Sam Darnold is the likely No. 1 overall pick, leaving Mayfield, Josh Allen and Josh Rosen next in line.

On paper, the Jets at No. 3 or Broncos at No. 5 seem like the best fits for Mayfield. There's always the possibility a new team trades into the top five as well.

We'll find out next week.

The 2018 NFL Draft will be held April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The first round will air Thursday, April 26.

ESPN, Fox and NFL Network will broadcast the draft this year.