Another day and more reports and speculation about the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft to be held in North Texas, and specifically, about what is a talented quarterback class. This time, it involves the Heisman winning QB from Oklahoma, Baker Mayfield, and his continued momentum towards being an early pick.
The bad news for everyone not holding at least a 10 if not sooner pick in round one? It looks like someone will take him or make a trade with a team who wants to “jump into” a top 10 spot to take Mayfield.
And that would include a team very interested in Mayfield, that sits just outside of that top 10, the Miami Dolphins.
First the latest news and info on the interest/pursuit of Mayfield came from Sports Illustrated’s Robert Klemko:
The Baker Mayfield series rolls on:
— What some NFL greats and not-so-greats have to say about Baker's mindset
— Baker's cross-country visit tour: CLE ✈️ BUF ✈️ Giants ? Jets ✈️ MIA ✈️ DEN ✈️ ARI
— John Dorsey with another food truck zingerhttps://t.co/EtshGusfVq
— Robert Klemko (@RobertKlemko) March 29, 2018
As Klemko lays out, there are not only suitors like the Browns (who have the first and the fourth picks), the Giants (#2) and the Jets (#3) who will be meeting at their facility with Mayfield in coming days, but there is also a team name in his story that is very interesting, but doesn’t currently have a top 10 pick.
That team is the Fins AFC East rival, the Buffalo Bills.
Are they just doing diligence and being prepared for all scenarios?
Then again, with having the 12th pick, the 22nd pick, and having stock piled other second and third rounders in previous trade, are the Bills preparing to vault up? One of those trades was dealing their 2017 starter Tyrod Taylor to Cleveland in March.
A source close to the Bills management and their thinking told F.F.I. after Mayfield’s pro day, they are very much going to be a “buyer” and try to trade into the top five. And maybe even, trade to the Giants second spot.
The source telling us, what others already know and can forecast, that Giants new GM Dave Gettleman used to be the Bills GM Brandon Beane’s boss. Therefore, there is great possibility for some kind of deal if Buffalo wants to be aggressive.
Of course, the Giants need a successor to QB Eli Manning too, and most of their fans are poised to riot, if they don’t take a quarterback themselves with that second pick.
And now, back to the Dolphins.
As we have written, they also have met repeatedly with Mayfield, as it’s more likely that he would last out of the top five, if not that top 10 than USC’s Sam Darnold, Wyoming’s Josh Allen or UCLA’s Josh Rosen would.
And, Klemko has the Dolphins listed as one of the teams that will bring Mayfield to their facility soon for yet another interview.
We further know that the Miami has Ryan Tannehill coming of ACL surgery and just signed veteran Brock Osweiler to a one year deal, too. So, they don’t have to have a quarterback at all costs in the first round.
Still, if you really want the Sooners signal caller, and it’s now apparent that someone, including the Bills (whom you will see twice a year) are after him, you have to strongly consider a trade up, yourselves.
The pursuit of Mayfiled is obviously one of the big topics in South Floirda, and the news cycle will only ramp up in the coming days and weeks.
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