Jets coaches are making a late push for the team to draft quarterback Josh Allen, Matt Miller of Bleacher Report (on Twitter) hears. Thus far, there hasn’t been a lot of talk connecting the Jets to the Wyoming product, so this would represent a change of thinking in Jets headquarters.
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At 6-1, 215 pounds, Mayfield is built similarly to Tyrod Taylor, who was acquired earlier this offseason by Cleveland and tabbed by coach Hue Jackson as the starter. In the last two years, Mayfield completed more than 70% of his passes, throwing for 8,592 yards, 83 TDs and 14 INTs. If that kind of accuracy and production translates to the pros, Taylor is in for an instant battle. Mayfield’s height and brashness had been perceived knocks against him, but his fiery persona and leadership have also convinced some teams he could be as good as vertically challenged passers like Drew Brees and Russell Wilson. And let’s remember what Mayfield said about the Browns at the scouting combine: If anybody’s going to turn that franchise around, it’s going to me.
Von Miller Limited Jersey Giants 鈥斅燬aquon Barkley, RB, Penn State:聽Widely regarded as the top player in this draft, he aced the scouting combine (4.4 40, 29 reps on bench, 41-inch vert) and posted 3,801 yards from scrimmage and 82 catches in his last two years for the Nittany Lions. Barkley is a bigger, faster version of Adrian Peterson coming out of college and instantly legitimizes a poor Giants ground game. He forms a dangerous trio with Eli Manning and Odell Beckham and should help instantly return the franchise to contending status for the short run and long term. An every-down player with great speed, instincts and intangibles, there’s no reason to expect Barkely won’t make the same kind of rookie splash that Todd Gurley, Ezekiel Elliott and Leonard Fournette have had in recent years.
The Ravens snagged QB Lamar Jackson with the last pick of Round 1. (AP) More Not hiring an agent? Survivable. Choosing an unknown quarterback guru? Fine. Won’t consider switching positions? Applause. Not running the 40-yard dash? Ever? OK. Whatever. [ Yahoo Fantasy Football leagues are open: Sign up now for free ] Despite all those moves 鈥?any one of which is typically treated as a red flag in the draft process 鈥?Jackson still went in the first round. And the only real argument left for the naysayers is maybe he would have gone a few picks earlier which is entirely unprovable, of course.
But the NFL’s old-school critics will stick to grousing under their breath, largely because they just don’t like being told no in the draft process. Regardless of those archaic opinions, Jackson showed something that is incontrovertible now. If a player is supremely talented and worthy of being a top pick, he can push back against the draft process and survive. If he feels like his tape is good enough to show certain aspects of his game, that player can get away with skipping a few of the age-old workout staples. If that player doesn’t want Bashaud Breeland Jersey to switch positions and he’s good enough to refuse, it won’t disassemble his value.