ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Baker Mayfield met with roughly half the league at last week’s NFL Combine, the former Oklahoma quarterback a consensus top 10 pick heading into next month’s NFL Draft.
Among those teams, Mayfield said, were the New York Giants and the New York Jets.
The talented Oklahoma quarterback certainly did nothing to hurt his status as an early first-round pick at the Combine, showing a strong arm and a good mobility in Indianapolis.
Equally as important for Mayfield though was the myriad of interviews he went through at the Combine as he met with executives and the coaching staff for what he said was over a dozen teams.
Mayfield is a popular mock pick for the Jets at sixth overall. He openly embraced the idea of putting on a Jets jersey this fall.
“That’s something I’d enjoy. I love playing in the spotlight, I love pressure and that’s a place where there is a lot of pressure,” Mayfield told Metro. “There’s a lot of fans who are depending on your quarterback to play well. That’s a place I’d have a lot of fun in, it’d be a good environment for me.”
Mayfield spoke to Metro prior to a press conference ahead of Friday night’s Maxwell Awards gala reception. He was named the recipient of the Maxwell Award as the nation’s top player.
The awards gala is Friday night at the Tropicana Atlantic City. Also being honored at the event is Alabama cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick and UCF linebacker Shaq Griffin.
The Jets haven’t had a franchise quarterback since Joe Namath led the team to a win in Super Bowl III. Since then, the team has funneled through young quarterbacks and veterans, never finding success.
Or another Super Bowl appearance let alone a win. Perhaps Mayfield, as passionate as any player in college football, can elevate the Jets back into playoff contention.
Last year at Oklahoma, Mayfield completed 71 percent of his passes for 4,340 yards with 45 touchdowns and five interceptions.