In his latest 2018 NFL mock draft, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, has the New York Jets selecting quarterback Baker Mayfield with the No. 3 overall pick.
Another day, another mock. As the 2018 NFL Draft draws closer, a plethora of mock drafts will hit the internet faster than a New York minute. Even popular reporters will chime in their thoughts on who they believe the New York Jets will draft with the No. 3 overall pick.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News just released his latest mock draft for who he figures to be the next face of the franchise. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, Mehta has the Jets going with quarterback Baker Mayfield out of Oklahoma.
To Mehta, he believes that Mayfield understands how big of an opportunity he has to continue his legacy if he wisens up when he hits the pros. Here is what Mehta said about why the Jets will go with Mayfield after, in his mock draft, the Cleveland Browns selected Josh Rosen and the New York Giants went with Sam Darnold:
I’m resisting the urge to put Josh Rosen in this spot even though he would be my choice (aka the best choice). So, I’m sticking with the Heisman Trophy winner for now. Mayfield’s so-called maturity issues are overblown in my mind. Did he like to have a good time in college? Sure. Was he a bit too wild? Probably. Is he smart enough to grow up? Of course.
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Ideally, Rosen is the top pick for many draft analysts and writers but in the event that he’s taken before the Jets are on the clock, Mayfield would be the next logical choice. Could he smarten up knowing that he’ll be the next quarterback to finally be the next face of the Jets franchise?
It’s not an easy task but if Mayfield does indeed up being drafted by the Jets, the leadership regime undoubtedly made him aware of the responsibility and consequences that await if he’s “the guy” at No. 3 through questioning him and holding private workouts. Mayfield likes to win and is a fierce competitor, so he knows he can’t blow such a golden opportunity to not only make a name for himself but cement himself as the quarterback to finally be the answer the Jets have been waiting for in what seems like decades now.
Hopefully, no matter what transpires on draft day, the Jets make the right decision and prepare to finally have a franchise quarterback worth talking about. If it’s Mayfield, he wouldn’t have to start immediately and will likely not play until the end of next season or even in 2019 if Josh McCown and/or Teddy Bridgewater can hold the fort down until his number is called. One thing is for sure in that Mayfield will likely do whatever is needed of him to hone his craft to be the next big thing to hit the city that never sleeps.