NFL Mock Draft 5.0: Could Saquon Barkley fall to the Redskins at No. 13?
By Ian Cummings
The New York Jets tried the prototypical, tall, big-armed quarterback twice. They failed both times. After missing out on Kirk Cousins to the Minnesota Vikings in free agency, and failing to nab the most pro-ready quarterback prospect, Josh Rosen, the Jets decide to trade up and grab the next best thing: Baker Mayfield.
It won’t come cheap for the New York Jets. They’ll have to give up the No. 6 pick in the NFL Draft, as well as one second-round pick and a third round pick, both in this year’s draft. It was a necessary cost to leapfrog the Denver Broncos, who are also yet in need of a quarterback (even though they likely signed at least one serviceable quarterback in free agency).
The biggest knock on Baker mayfield is his size, but other than that, he’s a solid prospect. Like Josh Rosen, the concerns surrounding his attitude appear to be overblown. Mayfield is a prospect with a history of winning. He can play well off-script, and as far as accuracy goes, there are few better than the former Oklahoma Sooner.
Most teams will favor the traditional non-Big 12 quarterbacks over Mayfield. But the New York Jets have tried that. And it hasn’t worked for them. Here, they get a quarterback who might lack a few inches. But he exudes confidence, he has all the necessary traits to win at the next level, and with a team that desperately needs his services, he just might.