Buffalo Bills listed among potential landing spots for Baker Mayfield by SI.com

There are no more football games to be played among top NFL Draft hopefuls, so let the analytical emphasis run wild.

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.

Mayfield is the only quarterback to own a passer rating of at least 100 on plays of such — checking in with a passer rating of 115.8 on non-play action passes. Second on the list is Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph, down at 99.4. Rudolph’s rating isn’t bad by any means, but it’s still a significant drop-off from Mayfield’s impressive mark.

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.

Cleveland holds the No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks in the 2018 NFL Draft, so it would have the ability to take Mayfield first overall or trade back and take him later. The Browns also recently hired former Washington GM Scot McCloughan as a draft consultant, who is on record saying he would pick Mayfield to be his franchise quarterback. That’s why some mock drafts are now projecting Mayfield at No. 1 overall.

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.

Jackson values scheme above all, and he believes his scheme can beat any defense in football with the right brain on the field. Mayfield might just be that brain. He played for three different head coaches over his college career yet improved his production year over year without fail.

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.

In the quest to land a franchise quarterback, the Browns are doing their homework. Less than three days after the final whistle blew on a monstrously entertaining Super Bowl, the Browns requested a private visit with Baker Mayfield, his first such invite, two league sources tell The MMQB.

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.


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