With a storied collegiate career in the rearview, the glaring question surrounding quarterback Baker Mayfield going forward is which NFL team he’ll suit up for during the 2018 season.
Despite Mayfield being fresh off a stellar senior campaign in which he took home numerous prestigious awards, including the Heisman Trophy, Mayfield is largely considered just the third or fourth best among the top quarterback prospects available in the draft, behind USC’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen and possibly even Wyoming’s Josh Allen.
That said, a team with one of the earliest picks in the 2018 NFL Draft has its eyes on the former Sooners gunslinger, as the Denver Broncos staff has requested for Mayfield to be placed on its team during the Senior Bowl, according to Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples.
— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) January 12, 2018
Broncos first-year coach Vance Joseph, who watched Denver struggle to a 5-11 finish in 2017, will lead the North team in the Senior Bowl, while Texans coach Bill O’Brien will coach the South team.
Much of the reason for the Broncos struggles during Joseph’s debut season had to do with Denver shuffling through a trio of quarterbacks. Trevor Siemian led the way, completing 206 of 349 attempts for 2,285 yards, 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Brock Osweiler also saw significant playing time, completing 96 of 172 attempts for 1,088 yards, 5 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.
Mayfield, on the other hand, broke his own NCAA record for efficiency with a passer rating of 198.9 after completing 285 of 404 attempts for 4,627 yards and 43 touchdowns, with only 6 interceptions en route to a Big 12 Championship and College Football Playoff appearance.
With the Broncos owning the No. 5 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, it appears their desire is to provide the reigning Heisman winner with an early audition.
The 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl is set for Jan. 27 in Mobile, Ala.