Baker Mayfield was the No. 12 overall pick to the Buffalo Bills and the third quarterback taken in the latest mock draft from Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer.
The projection had the former Oklahoma quarterback coming off the board after USC’s Sam Darnold went No. 1 to the Cleveland Browns and UCLA’s Josh Rosen went No. 3 to the New York Jets. Wyoming’s Josh Allen, often mentioned among the top quarterback prospects in the draft as well, went No. 15 to the Arizona Cardinals.
From Sporting News:
The Bills paying AJ McCarron backup-type money and trading into this spot [No. 12] while also holding the No. 22 overall pick suggests they are making a strong play for franchise quarterback early, either by trading up again or staying put. Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott from their days in Carolina should be well aware of how far a defense, a running game and a dual-threat QB can take a team. Mayfield has the “it” factor to finally give Buffalo a long-term solution.
The Bills have been looking for a franchise quarterback for years. Drafting E.J. Manuel and Cardale Jones didn’t work out, and they recently traded Tyrod Taylor to the Browns. They’ve become a popular projected landing spot for Mayfield in recent weeks.
Mayfield has been adamant that he wants to be the No. 1 overall pick, but it continues to look like he’s going to slide out of the top three. Reports indicate the Browns have pretty much settled on Darnold, and the Jets have narrowed their options to Darnold, Rosen and Allen.
Unless the Giants take Mayfield at No. 2, that means he’s at least falling to Denver at No. 5, which is certainly a possibility. But if he makes it past that pick, the Dolphins, Bills and Cardinals appear to be the next most likely to grab Mayfield. Landing in Buffalo would allow him to lean on a good running game with LeSean McCoy and a solid defense to begin his NFL career.
Regardless of which team takes him, Mayfield is expected to be selected on Thursday, April 26, the first day of the 2018 NFL Draft.