Former New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said he was surprised his longtime colleague John Dorsey selected Baker Mayfield with the 2018 NFL draft’s No. 1 pick, per Paul Schwartz of NYPost.com.
Not only that, but McAdoo, who interviewed for the Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator position in January, had Mayfield ranked as the sixth-best quarterback prospect in this past year’s polarizing class.
“I didn’t see a lot of pro-style football in his college tape,” McAdoo said. “And if you’re short you have to be able to make up for it some way, somehow, and personality doesn’t do that.
“[Mayfield] is kinda like a pocket quarterback that is short and with small hands, that’s what I worry about.’’
To recap: McAdoo’s reasoning includes Mayfield being “short” and him having “small hands” for those of you who are playing their “football guy” bingo cards.
If you’re curious, McAdoo ranked Josh Allen at No. 1, followed by Lamar Jackson, Sam Darnold third, Josh Rosen closely behind at No. 4, and then Mason Rudolph fifth.
It’s way too soon to laugh him out of the room, but it’s not too outrageous considering the wide array of opinions we read and heard leading up to and following the draft.
“There was no Andrew Luck coming out, no guy head and shoulders above everybody else,’’ McAdoo added.
Sure, Mayfield was not a consensus No. 1 pick, we all know that. There were many who didn’t buy into him because of the collegiate-style offense he played—and excelled—in, his lack of prototypical height, and his off-field behavior that raised red flags. But those things didn’t deter Dorsey and his team from deciding Mayfield’s fiery and precise arsenal weren’t the best choice for the Browns’ future.
To think Mayfield will end up being the sixth-best quarterback from this class, as McAdoo’s projection asserts, is perplexing to say the least. It would be an utter disaster in a long line of Browns organizational debacles that have put their franchise in this position.
If he ends up being right, at least the Browns have Tyrod Taylor for the short-term to help soften the blow.
Disclaimer: He’s probably, most likely not right.