By; Steve Johnson
Baker Mayfield (CLE) The Browns didn’t take Baker Mayfield at first overall to sit him the whole season. But they did trade for a veteran in Tyrod Taylor, and they gave up a third round pick. That’s a high pick to trade for a guy to hold a clipboard. I don’t expect him to start week 1, but it should be sooner rather than later. The Browns have a week 11 bye, so they could see where they’re at and go from there. I think they could be pretty competitive, and try to win some games, while grooming Mayfield. On the other hand, week 3 being 0-2 on Thursday Night Football vs the Jets, could it be a Darnold vs Mayfield? Mayfield isn’t draftable in redraft leagues. However, with the additions of Jarvis Landry, Carlos Hyde, and Nick Chubb to go with Josh Gordon, Corey Coleman, David Njoku, Duke Johnson, he’s a extremely valuable with dynasty formats.
Josh Allen (BUF) Allen has the best chance to start right away. While it may be ugly at first, he has A.J. McCarron and Nathan Peterman in front of him. I think the Bills are going to want to show off their shiny new toy right away. Unfortunately, they didn’t the weapons to go with it. The Bills didn’t draft a skilled position player until they took late round fliers at WR. Kelvin Benjamin and Zay Jones are still there, as well as Charles Clay and LeSean McCoy, but Buffalo will need to improve Allen’s weaponry in the upcoming years.
Lamar Jackson (BAL) The Ravens traded back into the 1st round in Ozzie Newsome’s last draft. If Flacco doesn’t start putting an end to the Ravens mediocre season streak, the Ravens might turn to the future in Jackson. With Baltimore acquiring Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead in free agency, Flacco certainly has the weapons to turn things around. Don’t expect Jackson to play at all this year (barring injury).
Josh Rosen (ARI) The Cardinals traded up to select Rosen, but they did allow Sam Bradford to steal another $20 million, so Rosen will sit and learn. I think Rosen is the most NFL ready passer in the NFL. Despite not having some of the athleticism or arm talent of some of the other Quarterbacks in this class, he is the smartest and most accurate. Barring injury to Bradford (which is almost imminent), Rosen will sit and wait. If he were to get any playing time, he has one of the leagues top runners and a veteran WR, in Johnson and Fitzgerald. IF Bradford were to go down, I could see Rosen being needed in a spot start in redraft leagues.