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2018 Mock Drafts: Baker Mayfield To The Redskins?

Posted Jan 17, 2018

With the potential that Kirk Cousins may not be with the Redskins during the 2018 season, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller has Washington taking Baker Mayfield in his most recent mock draft.

With the potential that Kirk Cousins may not be with the Redskins during the 2018 season, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller has Washington taking Baker Mayfield in his most recent mock draft.

Over the coming months, the long-term future for Kirk Cousins with the Washington Redskins will become clearer.

Cousins, of course, has played the last two seasons under the franchise tag and now faces the potential of either being tagged a third time or even receiving the transition tag. Both are one-year deals, although the team has talked about returning the Michigan State product on a longer contract.

The team could look to draft at the quarterback position with the No. 13-overall pick, though, if Cousins’ long-term future isn’t in Washington.

In his most recent mock draft, Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller sees that as a possibility, as he has the Redskins taking Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield in the first round.

“The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback comes off the board and lands in a situation where he can play right away if Kirk Cousins is elsewhere next season,” Miller writes. “NFL teams will have to debate where to slot Mayfield in this draft class. He's unconventional in terms of playing style and size as a sub-6'2" quarterback. But you can't ignore his playmaking ability and his accurate, on-time passing. Some believe he could be drafted in the top handful of picks, which is possible, but my intel says he's more likely off the board between picks No. 12 and 20.

“Washington would be a great fit for Mayfield. He doesn't go to a city with an intense media market (New York) or a city with a long history of losing and a ton of pressure on a rookie quarterback (Cleveland). And with Jay Gruden as the head coach, Mayfield lands in a place where he'll be coached up and a scheme can be built around him.”

In 48 collegiate games, Mayfield threw for 14,607 yards with 131 touchdowns to just 30 interceptions. Additionally, he rushed for more than 1,000 yards with 21 rushing scores.

He ranks in the top 10 in NCAA history in career passing yards, total offense and passing touchdowns.

The Austin, Texas, native began his college career at Texas Tech as a walk-on in 2013. He appeared in eight games with seven starts, passing for 2,315 yards with 12 touchdowns to nine interceptions. He was named Big 12 Offensive Rookie of the Year and a College Football News Freshman All-American honorable mention.

Despite his success with the Red Raiders, Mayfield transferred to Oklahoma where he would become the Sooner’s starting quarterback in 2015.

In his first active season at Oklahoma, Mayfield proved to be one of the best quarterbacks in the country, as he passed for 3,700 yards with 36 touchdowns to only seven interceptions. The 6-foot-1, 220 pounder also ran for a career-high 405 yards and seven rushing scores. He was named Sporting News Player of the Year along with being a second-team All-American selection by The Associated Press and FWAA.

Mayfield followed up his debut season with Oklahoma with numbers and performances that would put him in the Heisman discussion. In 13 games, the quarterback threw for nearly 4,000 yards with 40 touchdowns. He would also rush for six scores while leading the Sooners to the first-ever 9-0 regular season record in Big 12 play.

He set the NCAA Division I-A single-season pass efficiency rating record with a 196.4 mark (the previous record was 191.8; next highest Power 5 figure in 2016 was 167.5) while also ranking first nationally in completion percentage (70.9) and yards per pass attempt (11.1).

Mayfield, however, saved his best play for his senior season, as he was named the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner following a year which he threw for 4,627 yards with 43 touchdowns. Along with earning the Heisman Trophy, Mayfield was a unanimous All-American and earned the Maxwell Award, O’Brien Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year Award and the AP Player of the Year Award.

He would throw at least two touchdowns in all 14 of the Sooners’ games while toppling the 300-yard mark eight times.  

While Cousins’ future is unclear at the moment, veteran Colt McCoy is under contract for the 2018 season and Stephen Morris was also recently signed to a Future/Reserve contract.

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