Today, Baker Mayfield is firmly entrenched as Cleveland’s quarterback of tomorrow.
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In another reality, though, the former Oklahoma star might have wound up in Foxborough as the heir apparent to the 40-year-old Tom Brady.
Mayfield’s agent, Jack Mills, revealed that Patriots officials told him New England was considering a trade all the way up to No. 2 if the quarterback was still on the board.
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported on Up to the Minute that the Pats told Mayfield there was a shot they’d up to select him in order to persuade him to go to New England for a visit.
Elite Eric Kendricks Jersey Garafolo said the Pats actually trading up to No. 2 was never really close to happening, adding Davon Godchaux Jersey that Giants general manager Dave Gettleman was also not going to give up the second overall selection.
The 6-foot-1, 224-pound Barrett fielded post-draft offers and drew interest from other teams, including a tryout with the Colts, but ultimately chose the Saints.
Barrett, a dual-threat quarterback, finished his career at Ohio State completing 769 of 1,211 passes (63.5 percent) for 9,434 yards and 104 touchdowns with 30 interceptions. He added 3,263 yards rushing and 43 touchdowns on 656 attempts, averaging 5 yards per carry.
The Saints currently have Drew Brees, Tom Savage and Taysom Hill on the offseason roster, and Barrett will provide depth during the summer months while competing for a roster spot.
Savage, whom the Saints signed to a one-year deal during free agency, projects as Brees’ backup, while Hill returns for his second season after being claimed off waivers from the Packers in 2017.
Meanwhile, the Saints continue to have a heavy Ohio State connection.
Barrett will join wide receiver Michael Thomas, wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr., cornerback Marshon Lattimore, safety Vonn Bell and safety Kurt Coleman as former Buckeyes in New Orleans.
Their evaluation聽always requires a deeper dive, though Bill Belichick did fill several needs (even if he’d cringe at that framing). Isaiah Wynn, assuming he can handle an NFL tackle’s responsibilities despite projections he’d fit better at guard, could take over for Nate Solder. RB Sony Michel is far more explosive than Dion Lewis was.