Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield would be a suitable option for the New York Giants in the upcoming NFL draft, Bucky Brooks of NFL.com wrote on Tuesday.
Mayfield, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2017, started as a walk-on at Texas Tech before transferring to Oklahoma. The 22-year-old totaled 12,292 passing yards to go along with 109 touchdowns and 21 interceptions in three seasons with Oklahoma.
Although Brooks suggests Mayfield could also fit in with the Jets, Cardinals, and Saints, he believes Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard, and Evan Engram would play well with him because their "catch-and-run" style of play would match his quickness as a passer. He also thinks Pat Shurmur's history working with quarterbacks would be an added benefit for Mayfield.
Back at the Senior Bowl, Mayfield noted that it would be an "ideal situation" to be drafted by the Giants. He obviously wants to compete in his rookie season, but he thinks sitting behind Eli Manning and learning from him would benefit his career in many ways.
The Giants will have the second overall pick in the NFL draft after finishing with a 3-13 mark in 2017, putting the team in prime position to draft a quarterback. Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, and Lamar Jackson are also among other quarterbacks who are widely projected to be picked early on.
Mayfield finished his 2017-18 season with 43 touchdowns compared six interceptions and 4,627 passing yards while leading the Sooners to the Rose Bowl. In that game, he completed 23 of 35 passes for 287 yards while throwing two touchdowns and one interception in a 54-48 loss to Georgia.
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I've been on the Baker Bandwagon all season long. This kid is something special in my eyes, and it isn't just the numbers as Brooks points out. It's the heart, intensity, and drive that he has every time he steps between the hashes.
And that is why Baker Mayfield is the only quarterback I would want the Giants to draft with their first-round selection.
Yes, he may not have the prototypical stature, but don't make that the main argument when looking at his NFL potential. He is a confident gunslinger that has the ability to make quick, accurate throws. And if you want to look at the numbers, they are smart throws with an insane touchdown to interception ratio over his college career. He is elusive with his legs as well -- something the Giants haven't been able to say about their quarterback in, well, forever.
The other argument I keep hearing is his character issues. Trying to run from the police in a drunken stupor is definitely something to ask during his interview. And his in-game "antics," whether it is grabbing his crotch at Kansas, or spiking the flag in the Ohio State logo in Columbus are good points to make. However, I think Mayfield understands what it will take for him to succeed in the NFL, and he has already made comments saying "There's a lot of passion to it [his game], and there are mistakes that I've had, but I've learned from them."
Mayfield is going to be the next Johnny Manziel isn't a fair accusation to make because they are entirely different players coming out of college. And for those loving Josh Rosen at No. 2, bear in mind that scouts worry about his passion for the game to begin with. Do the Giants really need that in their locker room after last season?
Mayfield is a winner, a player that -- despite the mistakes he's owned up to -- gives his all every time he's out on the field. He may have won the Heisman this season, but he knows he has a lot to prove in the NFL. If the Giants want a culture change, Mayfield's grit and determination to win at all costs would really be ideal for Big Blue.