I've scouted Mayfield and this is why I'm in love with him. Yes he's short, his hand size is about ¼ of an inch smaller than scouts prefer, but the guy can play. Excellent pocket presence and this guy wants to throw, not run. The pocket breaks down and he escapes pressure like it's as natural as breathing air, always keeping his eyes down field. He knows where the first down marker is and is always looking to throw past it. Very accurate, throws receivers open, has nice touch when needed, or throws laser beams when it isn't. Strong arm, but not a cannon. Can make all throws, impressed the hell out of me with an accurate corner route for a thirty yard throw to his left as he scrambled right under duress in the pocket. I think he's the next Drew Brees, with a little bit of Farve mixed in. Fiery competitor I think who could be groomed into our leader on offense.
Most importantly, he has that it factor, you can see it on film. I can't define it, give you statistics to back it up, I can't even project if he can keep it in the NFL, but I see it, just like I saw it with Marino, Farve, Montana, Wilson. Rodgers.
And this is a guy that you start right away and let him learn under fire. Remember watching Cutler last year show excellent pocket awareness behind our atrocious OL this past season, only to watch him throw wounded ducks that made you shiver in silent horror? Or Tannehill's awful pocket awareness, but when he does gets time, makes big time throws? With Mayfield you get the best of both while subtracting the worse. Plus, he's a fiery competitor that may have the it factor, which Tannehill does not.
It's a roll of the dice to be sure. You can't keep Tannehill and draft Mayfield, that's not fair to either and they both deserve better. Besides, Tannehill becomes a valuable trading piece to move up to grab Mayfield. The question you have to ask yourself is Mayfield really that franchise qb you want, or is he a Dak Prescott that starts out hot and then cools as defenses begin to game plan for him or worse a bust? Tannehill is good enough to win a SB with the right supporting cast. You know what you have with him. Mayfield is the great unknown.
The argument against taking him (other than he could be a bust) is just as compelling. Gase is entering year 3 of trying to install the hardest offense in the NFL. He's changing out pieces as we speak to make it work. For two years, he has been trying to make it up-tempo and can't. Tannehill has two years in it now, even if he hasn't played for 19 games. He's still in the meetings, he's being groomed to run it. Get rid of him and draft Mayfield, and Gase will be starting all over. That could mean another two years of losing before we can contend, vs contending next year.
Then comes the reality of the situation. Ignore Kiper's Mock Draft, he's an idiot. For the past two years, scouts have drooled over Josh Allen. They see the arm, they see prototypical size, they dream on him, ignoring the reality. He melts under pressure, can't elevate a bad team to at least average, has accuracy problems. He's the next Ryan Leaf, Drunkenmiller, insert your favorite bust. Just because you have talent doesn't mean you can ball. Some have said he's the next Wentz because the same coach coached both, so for teams that passed on Wentz, here is their do over. Don't buy into that, because I'm sure Dorsey, GM of Cleveland isn't. He correctly identified Mahomes and should see the same in Mayfield. The only hope we have is that Hugh Jackson prefers his QB's to be 6-2, 6-3. So they take Darnold or Rosen.
The Giants are often mocked a qb, but they don't have a HC yet. Their new GM says he likes to build the lines first. They could move down, which is a problem. I'm guessing to move up to 1-2, takes our 1-10 this year, and 1st and 2nd next year. You have to remember Buffalo has 1-21, 1-22, 2-21, and 2-22 in this draft. Better ammunition to move up to take him than we can offer. And their owner was supposedly pissed they traded to move down last year and missed out on Mahomes and Watson. I can see them wanting to move up to grab their QB.
Then comes Indy who needs OL and DL, so they could be receptive to move down for picks, though Irsay supposedly loves Barkely.
Cleveland's back at 1-4 and I don't see them trading down, they have plenty of draft picks and when you have the chance to draft the qb you want with 1-1, then grab a top 5 player, well just no. No trade downs.
Denver is next at 1-5. This is what I would consider the prime position to move up to grab Mayfield, but it depends on where Cousins goes. If Denver snags Cousins, it's easier for us, we just give them 1-11 this year and a first next year. We could offer Tannehill to them to flip draft positions 1-11 to 1-5, but you'd have to know what the first four are doing before making that trade. Another possibility is that Denver steals Cousins and we trade Tannehill to Washington for their 1-17, then send it and our 1-10 to Denver for 1-5 to draft Mayfield. (I always thought Tannehill would be a better fit in a westcoast type offense and he's a good fit with Jay Gruden.)
If that fails, you have the Jets at #6. Supposedly they love Josh Allen but who knows. After them, everything is crapshoot, but I seriously doubt Mayfield falls to us at 1-11.
I'm fine to roll with Tannehill, but as someone put it 'After a I married a nice pretty girl (no kids yet) I can be happy with, but my dream girl suddenly called and said after shunning me for years, she wanted to marry me, I'd strongly consider getting a divorce lawyer.'