Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was surprised the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted a quarterback months after he notified them about his plan to play three-to-five more years.
Mayfield, the draft’s No. 1 pick, was forewarned by coach Hue Jackson that Taylor is the starting quarterback this season, and he’s not fighting it.
It’s not about individuals, said Mayfield. They brought him and I in because we’re both team-oriented guys. He’s the starter, and all I can do is help us out. So when you get a guy like that that helps out a locker room in just the best way possible, he’s a grinder. He comes in early. He’s the last one to leave, and I can only aspire to be like that.
After walking on at Texas Tech and Oklahoma and winning the starting job at both schools, Mayfield isn’t one to take sitting lightly. But he made the most of it when he sat out his first season at Oklahoma because of transfer rules.
For one, he needs to get more comfortable with calling pre-snap audibles at the line of scrimmage. It was something he rarely did at USC. Darnold said getting used to that is a goal for him this weekend, as he gets back on the practice field for the first time since late December.
The Broncos have three picks from No. 40 to No. 99. That’s the sweet spot of getting value in this draft without reaching.
If they can’t or don’t get Barkley early, Georgia’s downhill-styled Nick Chubb should be the top running back target. This also is a good range to dive into a wideout or tight end. Clemson’s Deon Cain and LSU’s D.J. Chark would be good, big bodies to go after at the former position, with Penn State’s Mike Gesicki and Oklahoma’s Mark Andrews standing out at the latter position.
It’s also likely Denver will address its offensive line here. Although guard will be in play, the good tackle values in the second and third rounds include Western Michigan’s Chukwuma Okorafor and Oregon’s Tyrell Crosby. All this sets up a defensive-heavy final day.