Baker Mayfield
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If the New York Giants are going to draft a quarterback in 2018, Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield wants it to be him.

If Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield has his way, he’ll be putting on a New York Giants’ hat at the 2018 NFL Draft.

“Throwing the ball to Engram, Shep and Odell Beckham wouldn’t be too bad, there’s some studs right there,’’ Mayfield told Paul Schwartz of the New York Post, referring to Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard, and Odell Beckham Jr. “Being there, it’s a big-time franchise and in the spotlight, I think I thrive on that. That would be an ideal situation.’’

Mayfield, the 2017 Heisman Trophy Award winner, led the Oklahoma Sooners to a 12-2 record and a berth in the college football playoffs where they were defeated in the semi-finals by the Georgia Bulldogs, 54-48, in double overtime.

Despite the losing the game, Mayfield showed that he can perform on the biggest stage completing 23-of-35 passes for 287 yards, two touchdowns and one interception against the tough Bulldog defense.

In his other big primetime matchup this year, he torched the Ohio State Buckeyes, completing 27-of-35 passes for 386 yards and three touchdowns.

It’s these two performances, along with being supremely confident in his abilities, is why he believes he will shine at the next level. It’s hard not to agree with him.

The Giants drafted Davis Webb in the third round of the 2017 draft to be Eli Manning‘s heir apparent, but after failing play a single snap this season and with the regime that drafted him gone, his future with Big Blue is a huge question mark.

Mayfield already has a relationship with Shepard as they were teammates at Oklahoma in 2015. Having someone you’re already familiar with in the locker room is a huge plus for a rookie—especially for a quarterback when that someone is a receiver—as they make the transition from college to the NFL.

With the Redskins trading for Alex Smith this week, all three of the other teams in the NFC East have their quarterback situation set for the next few seasons. Now it’s time for the Giants to do the same and Mayfield would be the perfect candidate to lead the Giants into the future.

Jason's first love was football while growing up in northern New Jersey. For the past three years, he has covered the New York Giants, as well as several boxing events along the East Coast.