Baker Mayfield makes it known that he wants to go to the Dolphins
The 2018 NFL Draft is still a few months away, but former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is expected to be a high first-round pick. The 2017 Heisman award trophy winner may have just dropped a huge hint at where he wants to be selected come late April in a comment on Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills’ Instagram Live post on Thursday afternoon.
— Simon Clancy (@SiClancy) January 18, 2018
The Dolphins currently possess the 11th overall pick in the draft, which could put them in the position to take the 22-year-old. With starter Ryan Tannehill suffering a pair of ACL injuries over the last couple of seasons, Miami might consider taking another young QB as an insurance policy. There could be real concern about Tannehill’s durability to play an entire regular season, which he hasn’t done since 2015..
Many early draft projections have Mayfield off the board before the Dolphins make their first-round selection. There are also several teams ahead of them, such as the Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, New York Jets, and Denver Broncos, who are all in the position to possibly take a promising quarterback prospect with their respective first-round picks.
Keep in mind, Dolphins head coach Adam Gase already came out to state that Tannehill is expected to the starter for the 2018 season, which effectively shuts the door on Jay Cutler potentially returning to the team next year. The 29-year-old Texas A&M product currently has three years left on his four-year, $77 million deal and commands more than $17 million annually in each of the remaining seasons.
Mayfield is coming off an impressive senior year where he led the nation’s most productive offense while completing 71 percent of his passes for 4,340 yards and 41 touchdown passes. He is widely touted for his accuracy and decision-making, which many analysts believe will translate well at the next level. However, there are questions about his size and maturity that could make him slide on draft night.
Nonetheless, the Dolphins could make a move up to grab Mayfield or take him at their current spot if he’s still available.