The New York Jets are doing their homework on Baker Mayfield. Lots of homework.
In the market for a quarterback, the Jets will be in Oklahoma for a private workout and they will have the Heisman Trophy winner at their facility for a pre-draft visit, he told themmqb.com.
They already met with Mayfield at the Senior Bowl and the NFL scouting combine. That’s a lot of Mayfield. Does it mean the Jets are targeting him in the draft?
Maybe, maybe not.
Keep in the mind the Jets will have 30 players for pre-draft visits, the league limit, many of whom will have multiple meetings with the team. It certainly means the Jets are performing their due diligence on Mayfield, the flag-planting, crotch-grabbing star whose behavior and background (which includes an arrest) demands scrutiny.
“You get a small window with them” at the combine, general manager Mike Maccagnan said. “In some cases, you get more exposure to these players when you go to their pro days and you’re around them in that environment. Sometimes you’ll schedule private workouts with them. Sometimes we’ll bring them in for visits at our facility, so we get a lot more opportunities to see them.”
The Jets have the sixth pick in the draft. If they don’t sign free agent Kirk Cousins, they could use their first-round pick on a quarterback. Josh Allen, Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen are the other top quarterback prospects. They, too, could get a once-over from the Jets.