With almost every NFL analyst projected a quarterback-heavy first round come draft day, the teams with options will look to fit within their scheme. When it comes to a play-action system vs. a traditional passing attack, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield rates highest in both.
On standard, non-play action passes, the potential 2018 NFL Draft first round QBs were a mixed bag of success pic.twitter.com/86C5rBKjE3
PFF Draft grades the six potential first-round picks in the same order regardless of a play fake. Mayfield shows the greatest improvement after a successful play fake at a a 38.5-point increase.
Oklahoma State star Mason Rudolph is a close second to his Big 12 counterpart at a 38-point improvement in play action.
Josh Allen (33.3), Lamar Jackson (31.1), Sam Darnold (22.7) and Josh Rosen (11.1) round out the top six in terms of improvement out of the play action.
Brown is projected to go No. 5 overall to the Denver Broncos, one pick after Saquon Barkley to the Browns at No. 4. He also mentions Mayfield as a possibility at No. 5 if the Broncos don’t land a quarterback in free agency, but settled on the New York Jets taking Mayfield with the next pick at No. 6 overall.
This pick [Denver taking Brown at No. 5] is under the assumption that the Broncos will sign Kirk Cousins in free agency. If they do, giving Cousins a top running back (Barkley) or offensive lineman will make his life easier. If they don’t sign Cousins, this pick might be Baker Mayfield.
The Jets need a quarterback unless they want to roll the dice with Christian Hackenberg again. Josh Allen may fit the type of quarterback they’ve drafted before, but Mayfield is the better NFL passer. New York met with both extensively at the Senior Bowl.
But while the Browns have the picks to make the Mayfield selection possible, Klemko addressed concerns about a potential personality clash between the brash signal-caller and Cleveland head coach Hue Jackson.
Mayfield has been consistently projected in the top 15 over the past few weeks, and his draft stock appears to be rising. The Broncos coaching staff specifically asked to coach Mayfield at the Senior Bowl in January. The Cleveland Browns, who hold the No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks, are actually considered the most likely team to draft him at this time.
There is not as much consensus on Brown as a prospect. Some mock drafts exclude him from the first round entirely, while others have him going in the top 10.
The last time the Sooners had multiple players drafted in the top 10 of the same draft was in 2010. Quarterback Sam Bradford was the first overall pick, and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and left tackle Trent Williams went third and fourth overall, respectively.
Oklahoma hasn’t had multiple players taken in the first round since that 2010 draft. The Sooners could have as many as four first-rounders this year, with Mayfield, Brown, tight end Mark Andrews and edge rusher Ogbo Okoronkwo.