A few weeks ago, the New York Jets traded four picks to move up three spots from No. 6 to No. 3 in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Such a move spoke of the Jets brass knowing whom they have their sights set on, and putting themselves in a position to almost surely walk away from the first round with their top target.
With quarterback certainly among New York’s needs early on, the odds of that pick being utilized on a gunslinger are quite high. In fact, with USC’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Wyoming’s Josh Allen and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield all at the front end of numerous mock draft boards, it’s quite possible each of the first four picks are utilized on a potential franchise field general.
So where does Mayfield find himself in that mix?
According to SB Nation’s latest mock draft, Mayfield could come in at No. 3 overall to the Jets.
“By all accounts, Mayfield has been winning people over in the pre-draft interview process. It’s easy to see why,” SB Nation’s Dan Kadar said. “He has the best stats of all the quarterbacks in this draft, and a magnetic personality. In other words, he’s a star. So what better place for a star than New York?”
Although Mayfield’s measurables aren’t exactly ideal, he did, in fact, put forth the most impressive effort in all of college football last season. Mayfield broke the passer efficiency rating record — one he set the previous season — with a 198.9 rating, and his 70.5 percent completion rate finished as the most efficient clip in the country, while his 4,627 passing yards and 43 touchdowns each ranked No. 2 in the nation.
And as much more than a stat-stuffer, Mayfield guided Oklahoma to 12 wins and a College Football Playoff appearance as part of a tremendously successful season that also saw Mayfield walk away with the Heisman Trophy.
Save for his 6-foot stature and the concerns regarding his variety of antics — both on and off the field — Mayfield was undeniably the top talent in college football last season. That doesn’t mean he’ll become the top pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, but he may only have to wait until the Jets are on the clock at No. 3 to hear his name called.