The 2018 NFL draft is still more than two months away but the players that will be selected early are already known. One of them is Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, a two-time first team All-American who won the Heisman Trophy last year. The 22-year old is projected to be picked early on day one and therefore likely be out of reach for the New England Patriots in case they want to make him Tom Brady's de facto successor.
If it goes according to Mayfield, though, he would embrace the role as the Patriots' franchise quarterback in the waiting. After all, Mayfield said that he would like to pick the brain of the reigning NFL MVP in a recent interview with the New York Post's Steve Serby:
Q: If you pick the brain of one quarterback not named Favre or Vick …
A: Tom Brady, no doubt.
Q: What would you ask him?
A: I would love to see how he prepares during the week. I’d love to just kind of sit back and watch him first, and then sit down and ask him questions about why. Because I know he does everything with a purpose, so it’d be great to learn from the greatest of all time.
Mayfield also told Serby that he wants to build a legacy in the NFL similar to Brady's in regards to work ethic and success. However, him learning those traits from the future Hall of Famer appears to be a long-shot thanks to Mayfield's status as one of the top four quarterbacks entering the draft – alongside USC's Sam Darnold, Wyoming's Josh Allen and UCLA's Josh Rosen.
There is still a chance that Mayfield falls to the end of the first or the start of the second round, both spots where the Patriots hold draft picks. However, it appears more likely that New England will pick a quarterback from the second tier – including Washington State's Luke Falk and Richmond's Kyle Lauletta – with one of its later draft picks.
Mayfield, meanwhile, could be headed to one of the draft's quarterback-needy teams like the New York Jets.