With the New York Jets holding the No. 3 pick in this month’s NFL Draft, the franchise began a two-day visit with Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, according to Newsday.
Mayfield will meet with the Jets’ brass, including chief executive Christopher Johnson, general manager Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles.
Last month during the NFL owners meeting in in Orlando, Bowles admitted he wasn’t opposed to starting a rookie quarterback, saying, “It depends on the progress. I’m not afraid to play young players at any position. You go in and compete. And as you gain confidence in the system and understand what you’re doing, you go through training camp . . . if you’re a rookie at the end of training camp and you are where we need you to be, you play. If not, you don’t.”
The Jets are also expected to hold visits with UCLA’s Josh Rosen, USC’s Sam Darnold and Wyoming’s Josh Allen.
As for where Mayfield stands in the Jets’ eyes, NFL Insider Ian Rapoport said, “I know there is a lot of love from inside the building for Baker Mayfield. The other quarterbacks, you don’t know if there is going to be there. But Baker Mayfield at 3 is probably a safe bet to be there. There is a lot to like here with the Jets and Baker Mayfield, if this is in fact their choice.”
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 9, 2018
Mayfield might be more realistic for the Jets as it’s looking more and more likely that two of the other three quarterbacks could be off the board by the No. 3 pick. Baker and the Jets? Boy… that’s talking points for days, weeks, months and maybe years.