The New York Giants are in sole possession of the second overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. The expectation is that they will use that pick to draft another quarterback to potentially succeed Eli Manning.
The question, of course, has been which quarterback the pick would be. For the most part, media experts have gone back and forth between UCLA's Josh Rosen and USC's Sam Darnold. But lately a new name is entering the mix, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, and that is exactly where our friends at Mocking The Draft go in their latest mock draft.
2. New York Giants: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
The opinion on Mayfield is all over the place. On Sunday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter saidMayfield will get drafted higher than people think. Jay Glazer of Fox Sports followed that up by saying that "teams are all over the draft board" on Mayfield, but he could rise after team interviews. If Mayfield does rise, he could jump this far up the draft board, giving the Giants a successor to Eli Manning.
Raptor's Thoughts: I can't very well complain about this one. Mayfield is currently the top player on my board.
Other than his run-in with the law a year ago (which he would have to answer for in pre-draft interviews), there is very little to complain about. He is a bit short, but stoutly built with plenty of athleticism, and the arm talent to drive the ball to all areas of the field, while also throwing with touch and precision from a variety of platforms. As a passer he is both remarkably efficient, throwing an absurd 41 touchdowns to just 5 interceptions, while still being very aggressive.
But more importantly, I can't help but love his intangibles. Yes, he lets his emotions get the better of him on occasion, but he is probably the best leader in the draft, and a fiery competitor. The combination of Baker to Beckham could be profoundly maddening for more traditional beat writers and fans, but it could be absolutely terrifying for defensive coordinators and entertaining for fans.