Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield will be making a visit to the Buffalo Bills as part of a cross-country gauntlet of stops among potential top-ten picking teams. That’s according to Sports Illustrated’s Robert Klemko, who is ten articles into a pre-draft series of reports about the quarterback. The list of teams includes every franchise picking in the top five plus Miami, Arizona, and Buffalo.
Mayfield was a former walk-on at Texas Tech who earned the starting role as a freshman. He later transferred to Oklahoma, sat out a season due to NCAA rules, and took over as the starter for three years. Statistically, no passer has a more sterling record than Mayfield in the past several years. He was a top contender for the Heisman trophy in each of his three seasons at Oklahoma, culminating in a win as a senior. Over the past two seasons, he has thrown for over 11 yards per attempt, completed over 70 percent of his passes, and delivered 83 touchdowns against only 14 interceptions. He did this while leading his team to a 34-6 record, including two berths in the College Football Playoff semifinals.
Mayfield has a reputation for being extremely competitive and hating to lose - a personality that might sit well with Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane. Given the needs at the top of the draft, it’s likely that the Bills would need to trade up if they wanted to select Mayfield, possibly as high as fourth overall if they wanted to pick him before the Denver Broncos.
Mayfield joins a list of pre-draft visitors for the Bills that also includes Josh Rosen, whom the Bills mentioned they were targeting for a visit back at the Combine, and running back Rashaad Penny.