Former Giants VP of Player Evaluation Marc Ross has done a lot of scouting for the 2018 NFL Draft, as he was only fired by the team in late December. So when he says that his favorite quarterback in the draft is Baker Mayfield, it means something.
The Giants hold the no. 2 overall pick in the draft and are expected to draft a quarterback. Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen are the favorites to go in the top two, meaning the Giants are likely to draft whichever the Browns don't take. But if it were up to Ross, Mayfield would be wearing blue next season.
"Baker's my favorite guy of these guys," Ross said on ESPN's NFL Live on Thursday. "To me just, Baker, he has it. When you look at the franchise winning quarterbacks in the NFL, the things that Baker does, he's a winner, he's super productive, he dominated at the highest level, not just in his conference but against Georgia and Ohio State with tons of NFL players on the defense."
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.
"I mean he has a great command, great poise and great feel," Ross said. "So I would take my shot with Baker, a guy that's done it at the highest level. He may have the height (issue) and those kinds of things, but he's just a big-time playmaker."
While Ross is concerned with Mayfield's size, he doesn't believe it'll stop him from succeeding at the next level.
"Of course [Mayfield's size gives me pause], but I think it's been proven that (with) height is not a direct correlation between being a good NFL quarterback," Ross said. "And of course there are exceptions, the Russell Wilson's and Drew Brees' of the world and he'll have that to overcome, but the other things that he does, the intangibles off the field, the leadership, the toughness, I just think he's a special type of player."
The first round of the NFL Draft is April 26.