Patriots considered trading up to draft Baker Mayfield

02 May, 2018, 02:09 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield celebrates after running back Rodney Anderson scored a touchdown against Georgia during the first half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game in Pasadena Calif. Mayfield

That includes veteran starter Tyrod Taylor at the top of the depth chart even in spite of the addition of Baker Mayfield with the first-overall pick, according to Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson, speaking to reporters after the draft about the quarterback situation.

According to Andrew Brandt of The MMQB, Mayfield's agent, Jack Mills, said, "We knew that the [New York] Jets at [No.] 3 was the bottom line". Another team had said, 'You may get a big surprise on draft day, at No. 2, if he's available.' And it was the Patriots, " Mills said.

There were concerns over how good of an National Football League quarterback the Oklahoma product could be, Mayfield is six foot nothing and has character issues according to experts but suddenly he was the number two quarterback going into Thursday's draft, what a rise.

The Patriots obviously have a significant need to find their quarterback of the future.

So, while many don't agree with or understand the Browns' plan, it sounds like they at least do have a plan. The team took a risk by selecting Heisman Trophy Winner Baker Mayfield out of Oklahoma. Brady elected to "plead the fifth" when he was asked about whether or not the franchise appreciated him. In theory, Mayfield could have backed up Brady for two or three years before taking over. The Patriots apparently considered the same.


Following a whirlwind season, a former University of Oklahoma player will now be sporting a new uniform.

Howe didn't specify whether the Patriots still remained interested in making the blockbuster move had Mayfield fallen. He was projected by many experts as the fourth-best quarterback in the draft class.

The second pick would make sense, too, as the Giants were reportedly something of a wild card going into the draft, with the potential to stay put or trade down.

The Bills traded into the seventh spot and selected quarterback Josh Allen out of Wyoming. That led Mayfield to meet with New England a week before the draft. While waiting to take flight to his next destination, he came across the UCLA women's volleyball team, and their topic of discussion centered around their football team's quarterback. He entered the draft this year and found himself being drafted as the final pick of round one, coming in at 32 by the Baltimore Ravens. The Mayfield move, however, would have been pretty mind-blowing if true, and they pulled it off.

He's not our "most likely to succeed", because, let's be honest: It will take a miracle to make Cleveland good again.

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