Baker Mayfield is apparently one of the favorite quarterback prospects of Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase in the 2018 draft.
Gase loves Mayfield. However, the Dolphins would likely have to trade up in the first round to land the former Oklahoma quarterback. It’s not clear if they would be willing to do that, according to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer.
[Dolphins starting quarterback] Ryan Tannehill is a little younger than [Joe] Flacco [he turns 30 in July] but enters 2018 in a similar spot — coming off an injury-plagued season with no guaranteed money left on his deal. The problem for Miami is that to get one of the top four QBs, it may need to move up, so we’ll see if the rumors of Adam Gase being that smitten with Mayfield are true.
Miami holds the No. 11 overall pick in the draft. Mayfield has lately been projected in the top 5, either to the New York Jets at No. 3 or the Denver Broncos at No. 5. The Buffalo Bills, another team that could be looking to trade up for Mayfield, hold the No. 12 pick.
Multiple reports indicate that Wyoming’s Josh Allen, USC’s Sam Darnold and UCLA’s Josh Rosen could all be taken with the first three picks in the first round. That could cause Mayfield’s value as the top remaining quarterback on the board to skyrocket. In that scenario, the Dolphins would almost certainly have to trade up if they want to select him.
However, if the Giants and Broncos both select non-quarterbacks, Mayfield could slip to the Dolphins. They would still have to watch out for the Bills attempting to trade up.
Mayfield was scheduled to meet with the Dolphins, Bills and Jets this week, as well as the Giants, who hold the No. 2 overall pick. He is reportedly meeting with the Broncos and the Arizona Cardinals, who sit at No. 15 overall, next week.
The reigning Heisman winner will find out where he will land when the draft kicks off Thursday, April 26.