Imagine the Buffalo Bills turning to Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield to silence those who constantly criticize their current quarterback situation. One NFL executive, in particular, sees the pairing as the best possible fit on the next level for the projected first-rounder.
"Mayfield isn't as athletic as Tyrod Taylor but he's a much better passer. I think he would be the starter as soon as he arrived,” the unnamed league executive said in an article published recently by NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah, which polled five execs on the best NFL fit for Mayfield.
The college senior doesn’t possess Taylor’s speed (4.51 forty), but his escapability both within and outside of the pocket is on par with that of Taylor’s, if not better. The notion that Mayfield being a better passer is spot on. The polarizing quarterback is a gunslinger in every sense of the meaning, but he’s done a good job over his career of limiting turnovers; he’s thrown for over 14,000 yards in his four collegiate seasons while putting up 125 touchdowns to just 29 interceptions.
The Bills would conceivably use either the rights to their original first-round selection in the 2018 draft or the rights they acquired to the Chiefs’, on one of this year’s highly-touted incoming quarterbacks. That along with the team’s treatment of Taylor over his tenure in Buffalo virtually makes it a slam dunk that the Bills will draft a QB high in 2018.
The draft hype over Mayfield will most likely continue to build from here on out with him being the favorite to take home the Heisman Trophy being awarded next week, and with his team currently sitting in the driver’s seat to earning one of the final top four playoff spots.