Highlights from Mike Mayock's conference call

Highlights from Mike Mayock's conference call

NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock answered questions from reporters during an hour-long conference call Friday to preview the 2018 NFL Draft, and made several connections between NFL clubs and draft prospects who could fit them well. Ten quarterbacks drafted since 1999, including five in the first two rounds.

Keyshawn Johnson, who played at USC and was drafted by the Jets in the first round in 1996, said he believes the failures of some of the USC quarterbacks had more to do with circumstance - who they were drafted by and what system they inherited. If he can get back to what we saw two years ago, Sam Darnold can be a great quarterback. But with the Browns, Giants, and Jets all expected to prioritize a quarterback, it's hard to see Barkley going earlier than fourth. GM John Dorsey told the media at the National Football League meetings in March that Chubb is "an unbelievable prospect for this draft". "One person I spoke with mentioned how many unintended consequences you'd face if you upended the draft in such a way (specifically in the far-fetched scenario in which they took two passers in the top four), but that he'd still thought about it plenty".

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Minnesota owns the No. 30 overall pick, so none of the elite 2018 rookie quarterback should be been in danger of missing out on a top-10 selection. Even with a new GM in John Dorsey, expect at least one deal; Dorsey was an active trader in his days running the Kansas City Chiefs. "Darnold is my number one guy because I think he can beat you from both inside the pocket and outside the pocket, but after him, I feel like you can kind of pick apart different characteristics of each player". That explanation must start with the premise that the Jets can't trade up to No. 1 or No. 2 spot in this year's draft.

Mayfield and the Jets have been linked for the better part of the past few weeks, though they were also on hand at Allen's pro day toward the end of March and were apparently very interested at the time. "Because I wouldn't want to miss out on the players that are going to be available to him at that point".

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The alternative to taking Darnold first would be to take Allen. "I don't have either of them rated that highly".

That means two top-4 picks in this year's draft would sit the bench the entire season, neither guaranteed a starting job in Year 2, either.

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