There is a plausible scenario next week where the Jets will be on the clock in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft with both UCLA’s Josh Rosen and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield on the board.
The choice between the two has become one of the hottest topics of discussion in the fanbase with many fans liking both players.
NFL Network’s Mike Mayock was asked about the topic today. He had this to say.
Q. Mike, with the Jets at No. 3, say Darnold and Allen are off the board -- I know there’s a lot of permutations, but say those two guys are off the board. Do you go Rosen or Mayfield? What will you do? And what do you think Mike Maccagnan would do between Rosen and Mayfield?
MIKE MAYOCK: That’s a mine field for me because, from my viewpoint, as I said earlier in my longer dissertation about the quarterbacks, a lot of being a GM is eliminating variables and trying to get people off of your board for different reasons. My two top quarterbacks are Darnold and Allen. If I’m the Jets, I’m struggling, telling you I would take Mayfield or Rosen, in all honesty. I don’t have either of them rated that highly. So I have a different answer for you than Mike Maccagnan will. I think Mike Maccagnan and the Jets need a quarterback that can step in and play fairly quickly, and I think Mayfield and Rosen are both able to do that. From a Jets perspective, will they embrace the swagger of Mayfield, which is pretty significant, and he might play really well and be successful, obviously, on Broadway. Rosen, again for me, it’s more the durability issue than anything else. So if Maccagnan stepped up at 3 and took Mayfield, it wouldn’t surprise me at all.
In terms of star power, there isn’t a flashier name in this year’s Draft class than Mayfield. Will things like swagger and Broadway actually impact the pick? Maybe, maybe not. If so, Mayfield would have the edge there.