Will Bills or Dolphins jump Jets for Mayfield?

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It’s been nearly a month since PFT explained that the league insiders suspect that the Jets will be taking quarterback Baker Mayfield with the third overall pick in the draft. With the selection process only four days away, the lingering belief that the Jets will make a beeline for Mayfield raises a separate question: Will the Bills or the Dolphins make a move to No. 2 with the Giants in order to grab him first?

The Bills have been trying in recent weeks to push back against the widespread belief that the Bills are destined to move into the top five to pick a quarterback, possibly because they realize that making that move will require major draft capital. Once the Giants are on the clock, however, it will be time for the Bills and Giants to move toward their bottom-line positions, and either a deal will happen or it won’t. (Duh.)

The Dolphins become a factor in those discussions as well, if the mutual interest between Mayfield and Miami prompts an effort to make a move for the 2017 Heisman winner.

Then there’s the possibility that the Jets will become sufficiently concerned about getting leapfrogged that they finish the climb, after previously jumping from No. 6 to No. 3, by making a deal with the Browns for the first overall pick. If the Jets want Mayfield, the Browns could move down two spots and be guaranteed to get either Josh Allen or Sam Darnold at No. 3 — and to claim that whoever they get at No. 3 would have been the pick at No. 1.

However it plays out, there’s potential for plenty of intrigue among a trio of AFC East teams that could be hoping to have a franchise quarterback in the front end of his prime when the fourth AFC East team finally sees its franchise quarterback walk away.

39 responses to “Will Bills or Dolphins jump Jets for Mayfield?

  1. No. Bills will be thrilled that the Jets DIDN’T take Allen. They might do a deal with Denver at 5 to lock him in.

  2. Its going to take a lot for the Bills to move up, but if they don’t they really don’t have a QB that can get the job done this year. Maybe they are good with that though. Fill other positions this year in the draft, go 6-10 and then next year they are in a better position to get a QB.

  3. The Giants will swap first-round picks with the Patriots for Gronk. The Patriots will grab a QB book it. Gronk with Engram would be a matchup nightmare for defensive coordinators.

  4. I’d mortgage 5 years of draft picks for Mayfield. Gamer, big arm…yes BIG arm, stupid accurate, plays with a chip on his shoulder and puts in the work in the film room. BOOM, that’s a recipe for a mega hit at QB.

  5. Dolphins don’t have the Trade ammo. They like Mayfield, but don’t need a QB this year. If a run on 5 Qbs happens that guarantees one of the best LBs, S, CB falls to them at 11. Also, if they wind up sucking the way it is “Predicted” (although I see another 8-8 season); then they get first pick of even better QBs like Stidham, Lock, Thorson just to name a few.

  6. The price to move up is going to be too steep…and we will be gambling that whichever QB we grab will be THE guy for the future.
    We have valuable picks…let’s go for the best positional players and hope that McCarron and/or Peterman( and yes, I realize that Nathan hasn’t been good so far) can do the job…

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    I don’t think Cleveland can afford to trade out again after passing on Wentz, Goff, Mahomes and Deshaun Watson in previous drafts. I also don’t think the Giants will drop lower than #4. They won’t want to trade a nickel for five pennies. So if Miami or Buffalo want the #2, they’ll have to deal with Cleveland first and I’m sure the overall price will be very exorbitant.

    Buffalo’s best option may be to trade their extra first and second rounders for picks in next year’s draft and be well equipped to make a QB move next year.
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  8. huh? The Giants are staying at 2 they are not falling out of the top 5 and missing out on elite talent and their possible QB of the future. The Bills had their chance to jump to 3 and the Jets beat them to it. Same with the Fish. The war will be over who gets to trade to 5 or 4. Those picks are up for grabs for the top offer.

    The top 3 is impregnable. The Browns aren’t trading 1 unless it’s with the Jets.

  9. The Dolphins were worse last year than in any of the 5 years Tannehill was the starter. What’s the point of trading 3 or 4 picks that would likely turn out to be starters for a QB that will still be on a bad team when he does start and on a team that will still be bad because they traded all those draft picks to get him. The problem isn’t the QB, the team is terrible. There is no way Miami should (or would imo) pass up on a LB like Smith, Edmunds, Vea, Fitzpatrick or James if they are there. Especially not for a 6ft QB who has marginal arm strength or any other of these qb’s projected to go in the 1st.

    Hyping up a bunch of qb’s because there are no elite prospects in this draft doesn’t make them good qb’s.

  10. No way the Giants drop past #6. You’re going to need a 3 team trade, probably with the Colts, if Bufalo wants to move to 2. The Giants HAVE to walk away with Chubb, Barkley or Nelson.

    Personally, they have a new Qb and can fill a ton of needs and have a chance at being a really good team, with a good draft. I would stand pat. The Giants will take Chubb or Barkley at #2 but would OK wth Nelson at #6.

    WHoever the Giants don’t take at 2, the Browns will take at 4. They’d be foolish not to draft who they think is the best QB and then get 1 of the 2 top rated players at 4.

    I think the Jets will take Mayfield as he is perfect for their fanbase.

    If Buffalo likes Rosen, they can wait, he might fall to them. Same with Jackson. I’d just let it fall where it falls. They may already have their QB of the future.

    Denver will probably take Nelson and leave the Colts without the chance at the top 3 players on everyone’s ‘board’. Unless they draft Rosen or someone makes them an offer for him. I’d take Nelson. They too have had bad luck with QB’s and don’t have an immediate need, although which Keenum did they sign?

  11. bigugly2005 says:
    April 22, 2018 at 5:13 pm
    I’d mortgage 5 years of draft picks for Mayfield. Gamer, big arm…yes BIG arm, stupid accurate, plays with a chip on his shoulder and puts in the work in the film room. BOOM, that’s a recipe for a mega hit at QB.

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    You’d be fired before Goodell made it to the mic. 5 years worth?! lol is he going to block, catch, tackle, and kick too?

  12. Cleveland won’t be moving #1. Dorsey has a mandate to get a franchise QB this year. I seriously doubt that the Giants will trade out of #2 either, what better chance to secure Eli’s successor. The first truly available pick is at #4. We’ll see if anyone is desperate enough to fight for it. Worst case scenario, Cleveland gets to pick the best player in the draft for them three picks after securing the guy who hopefully will become the QB of the future.

  13. Probably not but not impossible. I doubt the Browns take him when they’ve shown the most interest in Darnold and Allen. Darnold being the more highly regarded prospect than Mayfield. Plus I think Mayfield is trying to start a brand and be a nationally marketable guy and his handlers will make sure it’s in NY. If it looks like Cleveland may take him he’ll pull an Eli and say he’ll never play for them and force his way to the Jets.

  14. It would cost them a ton of picks to move up. How come none of these writers do the research and see what it would take to move up that many spots. Here you go:
    Using the “draft value” chart that every GM uses as a reference:
    2nd pick = 2,600
    3rd pick = 2,200
    Jets traded 6 (1,600), 37th (530), 49th (410) and 2019 2nd (500?) = approx 3,000. That’s 800 more than equal fair value.
    Bills have 12(1200), 22 (780), 53 (370), 56 (340), 65 (265), 96 (116), 121 (52), 158 (28.2), 166 (25) = 3196. They would need come up with around 3400 points by packaging both this years firsts, both seconds, both thirds and throw in next years 1st (approx. 800?) to get there. Basically mortgaging the farm! It would be a huge risk.
    Phins have 11(1250), 42(480), 73(225), 123 (49), 131(41). That’s 2,045 for 1st thru 4th rounders. Count them out unless they plan to give up all of next years top 2 picks as well.

  15. Too many moving parts. Trading with Denver and then with the Giants? And what if the Jets then just jump from 3 to 1. Cleveland would rather stay within the top 3 than drop to 5.

  16. None of these QBs are first rounds material. Browns should draft Barkley and a good DB or OL, pick up Mason Rudolph in the 2nd Round.

  17. You know, looking at the QB panic in this draft, If the Browns take Barkley at 1, then Chubb at 4, they get the 2 projected/potential Hall of Famers in the draft. Then with the CERTAIN QB picks being made, Denver is still picking when there will be 1 of the big 4 QB’s left and they need an RB.

    With Barkley off the board, Cleveland could offer Denver Carlos Hyde plus their 2nd rd & next years 1st rd pick (which would be a killing for Denver) and STILL draft either Rosen or Allen, whoever would be left.

    THATS a HUGE win-win for both teams…and no one can stop it if Denver agrees.

    (Cleveland could STEAL this draft.)

  18. Giants need a pass rusher to replace jpp. They’re probably not going to pay Beckham the insane amount he wants. If I’m Miami I’m packaging this year’s first, next year’s first and both devante parker AND Cameron wake. BOOM!. Miami knows internally parker is a bust and wake is old but still has 2-3 years left. Now Harris and the DE they got from LA can be the starters and they can still draft one of the top TEs in the second round to replace the big play that parker could bring. Maybe even team up Baker with mark andrews.

  19. The Bills could have had Mahommes or Watson last year by staying put. And both of them are going to have careers miles ahead of anyone in this years draft. I don’t know why the Bills front office suddenly figured out their QB situation was a mess but to assume they can pull off a trade to get to 4 or 1 or wherever is probably dreaming. If I were the fans in Buffalo I’d be incensed that they’ll end up giving up a kings ransom for someone who won’t be as good as either of the two they passed on by trading with the Chiefs in 2017

  20. Does it matter? I personally feel,mayfield won’t cut it on NFL (yes I know he has been told that at every level) I feel Rosen is gonna play 4 or 5 years and he will lose interest. Allen seems way to inaccurate to really be anything. So that leaves Donald. There for does it matter what bills or dolphins try to do,just going off of averages ya know I’m right. 33% of first round qbs becomes all pros and it’s even lower when you talk HOF players. Now could I be wrong ya could maybe Allen be the best sure,but if I’m picking I take darnold,ya gotta okay odds no flags,arm can make all throws,great study habits,smart etc. no off field issues.

  21. @bigugly2005 says:
    April 22, 2018 at 5:13 pm
    I’d mortgage 5 years of draft picks for Mayfield. Gamer, big arm…yes BIG arm, stupid accurate, plays with a chip on his shoulder and puts in the work in the film room. BOOM, that’s a recipe for a mega hit at QB.
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  22. Don’t concern yourself with picking a QB in the First Round unless (a) he’s a Heisman winner or (b) a National Championship winner or a QB who has gone deep in the collegiate finals. Any other QB is just a “project” who has yet to prove he can compete at a high level.

    Baker Mayfield, like m’boy Marcus Mariota, has a Heisman trophy along with a stellar 3-year record of CONSISTENT PLAY at the collegiate level, along with a deep run in the collegiate playoffs. Those are the principal markers of a ready-made Franchise Quaterback. Josh Allen may be able to throw the ball 90 yards downfield (so could “shorty” Six-Foot-One Michael Vick!), but Baker Mayfield is the “Best Available” QB in this 2018 Draft.

    Cleveland: Just Do It!

  23. IMO The best choices for the Bills are either Allen, Darnold, or Mayfield. Rosen may be the best guy on paper, but with his history of injuries I see a QB that is going to get punished and hurt often in the NFL. The other problem is he doesn`t fit in with the BUffalo culture of the Bills culture. Buffalo is a blue collar town and they want a QB they can relate to. Out of the three, Mayfield would be my choice. He`s a QB that would be embraced here and has the absolutely best stats out of all the other two guys. This guy has a passion to win that Buffalonians would love. The problem is the Jets would also love him. If the Bills want Mayfield they`re going to have to trade up to #2 with the Giants. He is the only QB I would do that for. My second choice would be Allen and my third Darnold.

  24. bigugly2005 says:
    April 22, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    I’d mortgage 5 years of draft picks for Mayfield. Gamer, big arm…yes BIG arm, stupid accurate, plays with a chip on his shoulder and puts in the work in the film room. BOOM, that’s a recipe for a mega hit at QB.
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    Even his Mom couldn’t write that without bursting out in a laugh. Check those meds, son.

  25. cletuspstillwaterjr says:
    April 22, 2018 at 5:09 pm
    The Giants will swap first-round picks with the Patriots for Gronk. The Patriots will grab a QB book it. Gronk with Engram would be a matchup nightmare for defensive coordinators.
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    That’s the most ridiculous, laughable post on the page . “book it”

  26. Billy Brah says:
    April 22, 2018 at 7:46 pm
    Probably not but not impossible. I doubt the Browns take him when they’ve shown the most interest in Darnold and Allen.
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    Somebody been getting their news from the media. Haven’t you learned by now?

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