Heading into the 2018 NFL Draft, the New York Jets were able to have an extensive meeting with quarterback Baker Mayfield during Senior Bowl week.
When it comes to quarterbacks in the 2018 NFL Draft, many believe that Baker Mayfield could be the kind of player that can completely change a franchise the moment he steps foot on the gridiron. Of course, the New York Jets are in the market for a potential franchise quarterback and well will do their due diligence to gather as much information as possible from this year’s draft class, especially Mayfield.
During Senior Bowl week, various teams met with many players to get a conversation around what they bring to the table, the excitement of getting drafted into the NFL, and everything else in between. It was confirmed that Mayfield not only met with the Jets but the New Orleans Saints, Buffalo Bills, and even the Miami Dolphins.
In an article written by Darryl Slater of NJ.com, he confirmed that the Jets had an extensive meeting with Mayfield during Senior Bowl week. Here’s what he had to say about his sit-downs with the Jets and other teams as well:
“That’s the only upside for me [being here],” Mayfield says of the meetings with teams. “I’m confident I can show exactly what I’m about, how much I care about football and how I’d do anything to win. And not just that. Put me on a board and let me show you how much I know about the game. Let me show that I can pick information up, take it and run with it. Getting in front of these people was so important, even bigger than the three years of film I put together.”
The Heisman trophy winner brings a lot of potential but also a tremendous risk for any team that wants to bring him into their franchise. Besides his short size (6-1) and possible off-the-field distractions he might bring to a team, there is no denying his worth ethic, determination, and ability to have his teammates rally behind his every word.
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General manager Mike Maccagnan continues to do what he does best and will interview, research, and deep-dive into any prospect he feels would continue making this current Jets rebuild a success. Rebuilding isn’t easy but the best teams that have done it right all followed the same tried-and-true process of using the NFL Draft as the catalyst to make it work for the long-term.
That’s what this is all about and if the Jets believe Mayfield can be “the guy” to lead this team to be a contender again, it all starts with extensive meetings like this one. It’s early now in the offseason but at the end of the day, Mayfield is still an interesting prospect that will have a plethora of teams interested in seeing how his draft stock is leading up to the yearly event.