Baker Mayfield has opened his big mouth again. The star Oklahoma Sooners’ quarterback has recently expressed where he wants to land for his rookie season during the Dolphins’ wide receiver Kenny Stills’ Instagram Live video.
Baker Mayfield seems to have a NFL Draft destination preference 👀
— SB Nation (@SBNation) January 19, 2018
Could he be anymore subtle? After a disappointing end to his college career, Mayfield is still highly rated in this star-stuttered quarterback class entering the 2018 draft. He could easily go in the first three picks, and with the Dolphins coming in at pick 11, it seems highly unlikely Mayfield’s wish upon a Kenny Stills Instagram Live video comes true. But, is it possible Miami will trade up for him? Here are a couple of scenarios where the Oklahoma quarterback’s wish could be granted.
Bye Bye Ryan
The most plausible scenario would be to see Ryan Tannehill leave Miami. It would be a very harsh move considering he looked so good in preseason in 2017 before his ACL tear, but it could be just the change the Fins need to be successful. Tannehill is on a massive contract, originally signing a four year, $77 million contract with $45 million guaranteed, which will make him difficult to trade anywhere. But, there are a couple of teams at the top of the draft who need a QB, i.e. the Browns, Broncos and Giants. Cleveland have been unlucky in recent years drafting quarterbacks, so you wonder, if Miami offered them Tannehill, would they would bite? They look to have their heart set on USC quarterback Sam Darnold, but maybe they use that pick for someone else if Miami comes knocking with Tannehill.
The Giants are an interesting team. They have arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL in Odell Beckham Jr. and some decent pieces scattered about the team, but the once superstar Eli Manning is now declining rapidly, leaving the Giants to finish in what can be coined “Browns Territory” at the bottom of the league. Bringing in Tannehill would cause them to offload Manning in the process, which could complicate things, but the Giants front office are currently shopping Manning anyways. The Dolphins would have to give up more than just Tannehill and their first round pick though, maybe adding in a receiver or offensive tackle to sweeten the deal. But is the Oklahoma rookie worth it?
Denver would be the last conceivable trade before Baker would probably be off the draft board, and they are much like the Giants. They have the pieces to be a great team and, albeit they are aging quickly, with a good quarterback in the pocket, they could make a run for the Super Bowl. Because this team is growing older by the minute, this could be the perfect trade on both sides. Denver could bring in a proven quarterback, still with potential to grow, making all the difference in this Denver squad. Miami would then come in with the fifth pick and snatch up Mr. Mayfield, leaving him to take over in Miami his rookie season.
The “Unlucky Fins” get lucky?
There is a conceivable chance that the Oklahoma quarterback does drop into the double digits come draft day. This would mean the Browns, Giants, Broncos and Jets would have to pass him up, or draft some of the other QB talents in the draft like Josh Rosen or Sam Darnold. Tannehill would then be in the competition of his lifetime, either choosing to up his game for the challenge or sink into despair knowing his replacement is breathing down his neck. Although, if Miami did get lucky enough to get Mayfield at pick 11, it could prove to be a win-win situation for the QB pair and the team holistically. Baker could learn from the leader Tannehill, hopefully fixing his flamboyant and sometimes arrogant attitude in the process, as Georgia linebacker Davin Bellamy advised him to do after the Rose Bowl appearing to say on camera “Humble yourself”. Leaving Tannehill in at starting quarterback would also give Mayfield an awakening, showing that he can’t just walk into a team and automatically start week in and week out, hopefully “humbling” himself in the process.
Having both Tannehill and Mayfield on the same depth chart seems a dream come true, but is it possible, if this happens, that the Sooners’ star could overtake the number one spot in Miami? The short answer, we don’t know. Adjusting to the NFL is different for every player. He could be a Cam Newton or Jameis Winston and light up the league his rookie season, or he could be a JaMarcus Russell and become nonexistent in three years time. Either way, Miami will have to be the ones to decide if they want to take the risk on him with Tannehill still on the depth chart. But one thing’s for sure, Baker Mayfield would love to be playing in the Florida sunshine come fall 2018.
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