Baker Mayfield’s NFL destination in April remains unclear.
One NFL analyst thinks the former Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner would be an ideal fit for an NFC West team seeking to replace a veteran signal caller.
Bleacher Report’s Brent Sobleski wrote Friday that Mayfield would be a near-perfect solution for the Arizona Cardinals in the 2018 NFL Draft, should he still be available when the team’s first pick (No. 15) rolls around.
Veteran quarterback and former No. 1 overall pick Carson Palmer announced his retirement on Jan. 2 after playing in Arizona since 2013. Bruce Arians, who served as the team’s coach during the same span, also retired after the 2017 season.
With Palmer hanging up his cleats, Sobleski wrote that Mayfield could fill the void left behind should he not be selected as a top-10 pick — suggesting his physique and his antics from the 2017 season could affect his draft stock that “deserves top-10 consideration,” much to the Cardinals’ advantage.
The 2018 NFL Draft is April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The venue, coincidentally, is the site of Mayfield’s final win as a Sooners player. Oklahoma defeated TCU 41-17 in the Big 12 Championship Game at the stadium on Dec. 2.