Plenty of teams could take a shot on Heisman winner Baker Mayfield in this year’s NFL Draft.
Baker Mayfield is coming off of one of the great quarterback seasons in college football history. Now he’s impressing pro scouts.
Guys like Mayfield often get overlooked in the draft. The most obvious reason is his size; the Sooners star is only around 6-feet tall.
He also comes from a very college-oriented system at Oklahoma. While the pro game continues to become more spread-oriented, there are still concerns about how “system quarterbacks” will adapt to the pro game.
In spite of those factors, there seems to be a chance that Mayfield goes very high in the draft. In fact, he could be the No. 1 overall pick.
The Broncos are just one of a number of teams that draft early and have a big-time need at quarterback. As many as four quarterbacks could be going early in the first round.
Sports Illustrated‘s Robert Klemko has been writing an extensive series on Baker Mayfield. In the most recent edition, he ranked the 10 different teams that could all take Mayfield in the NFL Draft.
What follows is my ranking of the 10 most-likely landing spots for Mayfield, after taking the temperature of numerous scouts, coaches and general managers across the league. This ranking is a marriage of that intel and my judgment of the best fits for Mayfield and a team’s ability to land the player based on draft position, draft capital and a regime’s tendency to deal draft picks. Each team’s evaluation of Mayfield will take shape over the course of the spring, and I have no doubt several of these teams will fall out of the running while others vault up the list.
Klemko buys in on the possibility of Mayfield as a potential top overall pick. His top five:
- Cleveland Browns (Pick – Nos. 1, 4)
- New York Jets (Pick – 6)
- Arizona Cardinals (Pick – 15)
- Miami Dolphins (Pick – 11)
- New Orleans Saints (Pick – 27)
Klemko includes pretty detailed breakdowns of what he’s heard about Mayfield’s status with all of the teams listed. For the full top 10 head to Sports Illustrated.