Patriots were prepared to trade up for Mayfield at No. 2

Terry Joseph
May 2, 2018

The scouts called this draft class one of the best and deepest in recent years.

The Cleveland Browns did a poor job of protecting themselves from throwing a rookie quarterback into the fire last season. Mayfield's agent certainly believes so and speculated as much in a recent podcast. He started as a walk on player at Texas Tech where must kids get a spot on the team via scholarship, but Mayfield had to earn his place. He draws comparisons to Brett Favre in competitiveness but also to Johnny Manziel with size and attitude at times. They're not getting younger, so I need to take time so I can be available to them, too. "[The Patriots] had No. 23 and they had No. 31 and they had two seconds [round draft picks]". A year later, they've traded all three of those quarterbacks and brought in three new ones. The Giants took Penn State running back Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 pick and the Jets selected USC quarterback Sam Darnold at No. 3. That record does not inspire confidence, so it's logical to assume the Browns are making another mistake. According to Steve Doerschuk of, team vice president of player personnel Alonzo Highsmith provided some insight into what may have led to the Browns moving away from giving Rosen some serious consideration at the pick.

"I would say I think really when you look at it, ideally you'd probably attack it from both angles in a flawless world", Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan said when asked at the National Football League scouting combine whether he wanted a veteran or a rookie to address the team's quarterback need.

Exhibit A: This moment which is seared into Ohio State fans' memories. It's nearly like Bill finally snapped and started mumbling to himself in the draft war-room and Josh McDaniels had to take the wheel from him while he rocked back in forth in the corner. It's a bold move, but he has upside.

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Allen will start as a back up to AJ McCarron to start the season. Fitzpatrick is the most complete defensive back and can play corner or safety. "It's going to be good and I'm excited to get things rolling".

A little further down, the Carolina Panthers selected Maryland receiver D.J. Moore 24th overall instead of Alabama's Calvin Ridley. "I'd love to be the guy to help turn them around, and I think if anybody's going to do it, it's going to be me". The odds, no matter how favorable, are still greater than 50-50 that he will not be worth the top pick in the draft.

Rosen wound up being drafted #7 by the Arizona Cardinals.

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