Baker Mayfield, Senior Bowl
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If the New York Jets are going to pick their quarterback based off of scheme fit, it seems like the choices are Sam Darnold or Baker Mayfield.

According to a report by ESPN’s Rich Cimini, Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield are schematically the best fits for the Jets in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Of course, there’s a lot of speculating going on right now because Jeremy Bates’ promotion to offensive coordinator has not been made official. According to people I’ve talked to, his job status is a mere formality at this point.

So when Bates is officially introduced, it is widely believed he’ll be installing a West Coast offense with the green and white. For the non-football savants in the room, that’s an offense that is predicated on accuracy from the quarterback position.

Which means you can rule out Josh Allen from the equation.


Allen had a 56 percent career completion percentage at Wyoming. Yikes. Both Darnold (65 percent) and Mayfield (69 percent) were much better getting the ball to their targets.

Speaking of Mayfield, despite reports that he wouldn’t play in the Senior Bowl, he ended up playing, just not very much.

It seems his minimal playing time was due to Mayfield dealing with a family issue.

Which means that Allen got a lot of extra opportunities. And while I’m not an Allen fan, I’ll give credit where it’s due—he looked pretty good, especially on this beauty.

But that’s also the problem with Allen: His tape is so inconsistent. On one end you have the measurables and on the other, you see glimpses of potential and more times than not you see poor footwork and terrible accuracy, things that are hard to overlook.

Here’s more on some of the Senior Bowl prospects from the Executive Director of the annual event, Phil Savage:

Other Jets News, Stories:

  • 2018 is the perfect time to go center shopping (Paul Esden of ESNY)
  • Here are the last 10 offensive players the Jets have drafted in the first round (Connor Hughes of NJ.com)
  • How top prospects might fit with Jets (Rich Cimini of ESPN New York)

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