Broncos' Vance Joseph isn't concerned about Baker Mayfield's height
Joseph cited Drew Brees when explaining why he's not concerned about the Oklahoma quarterback
Baker Mayfield threw for 4,627 yards and 43 touchdowns, led Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff, and . But his draft stock is polarizing due to off-the-field concerns (he was arrested in February and taunted Kansas with a crotch grab in November) and his height (6-foot-1).
At the Senior Bowl on Tuesday, Vance Joseph, the coach of the quarterback-needy Broncos, indicated that height won't factor into their evaluation of Mayfield. In the process, Joseph cited future Hall of Famer Drew Brees' ability to overcome his height.
"I think that's fine," he said of Mayfield's height, per Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post. "You watch Drew Brees play, he's figured it out. He's a very successful quarterback. Guys figure it out. Good players figure it out. I wouldn't be concerned about that."
The Broncos are an obvious landing spot for Mayfield for a number of reasons. There's the fact that their lack of a starting-caliber quarterback the past two seasons has led to consecutive playoff-less seasons. There's the fact that they're slotted to pick fifth overall in this year's draft. And then there's the fact that the Broncos' coaching staff is coaching at the Senior Bowl, which Mayfield is attending. They're already coaching him up:
In his mock draft last week, our Chris Trapasso had Mayfield going to the Broncos at No. 5 overall. And in his Senior Bowl preview, Trapasso wrote that Mayfield needs to show scouts maturity and leadership at the Senior Bowl:
The majority of what Mayfield needs to show to scouts -- and maybe most importantly the Broncos coaching staff roaming the sidelines in Mobile -- is how he handles his teammates, the week of practices, and the game on Saturday from maturity and leadership aspects. We heard nothing but positive reviews from Oklahoma teammates and coaches about Mayfield's sometimes controversial overtly passionate behavior during the season. This is different though. New players. New coaches. New environment. If his charisma wins over his teammates and the Denver coaches, it'll help to quell concerns about him not possessing the proper attitude to become a franchise quarterback.
Of course, other teams will likely be interested in his services. Dolphins are willing to draft a quarterback. Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson reported that Saints coach Sean Payton is a Mayfield believer. Given Brees' age and contract situation, the Saints could be in the market for a new franchise quarterback.and the Miami Herald's Adam H. Beasley reported that the
On his part, Mayfield says he's willing to play anywhere.
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