Darnold says he will except whatever role the Jets have him in. In theory, Mayfield could have backed up Brady for two or three years before taking over.
While all rounds are important, they certainly are not all created equally.
That creates the curious possibility that, while this highly celebrated class produced the first occasion that four quarterbacks were drafted in the top 10, all four of those would-be franchise saviors could begin their National Football League careers as backups. If he wasn't No. 1, however, the Patriots might have made a leap for him.
Mills added: "They had 23 and 31 (in the first round) and two seconds".
Speaking to a crowd at a Hall of Fame luncheon in Canton, Ohio, on Monday, via cantonrep.com, Browns Vice President of Player Personnel Alonzo Highsmith offered insight into what exactly drew the team to Mayfield over the other top quarterbacks of Darnold, Josh Rosen, and Josh Allen.
Mayfield sat anxiously waiting for several minutes, and when the call finally came, the Cleveland Browns' general manager, John Dorsey, was on the other end of it, asking Mayfield if he wanted to be the first pick in the 2018 draft. The word that is often used to describe the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year is "winner".
As it turns out, they weren't alone in their assessment of the reigning Heisman Trophy victor. And the Giants steered clear of a quarterback, going with Penn State RB Saquon Barkley instead. The quarterback's agent may also be doing what he thinks is best to promote his athlete by connecting him to as many teams as possible.
The Bills now have six picks in the first three rounds, so they have the ammunition to move up, but will they find a trade partner? It's nearly like Bill finally snapped and started mumbling to himself in the draft war-room and Josh McDaniels had to take the wheel from him while he rocked back in forth in the corner. Allen became the highest-drafted quarterback that the Bills have taken in the history of their franchise. They need someone who can zip the ball in that Buffalo winter cold. However, his rocket arm has silenced a lot of critics so far.
Rosen wound up being drafted #7 by the Arizona Cardinals. He was projected by many experts as the fourth-best quarterback in the draft class. The question about Rosen lies in whether or not he is able to focus on football.
So the Browns lost interest in Rosen over a hunch?
The last selection from the first round I want to mention is the Ravens pick of Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson. If recent history has taught us anything it is that Defense can carry a sub-par offense to a Super Bowl victory and the Broncos are on the right path.