Baker Mayfield Thought He Might Succeed Tom Brady

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Days leading to the 2018 NFL Draft, former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield thought he might succeed legendary New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in a blockbuster trade.

In a ESPN The Magazine profile of Baker Mayfield by Mina Kimes, it was thought in the Mayfield camp that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick could position the organization to draft Mayfield. The Patriots held the 23rd and 31st overall picks with the hopes of swapping for the second overall in the draft with New York Jets for the Heisman winning quarterback.

Until the day of the draft Mayfield wasn't sure the Browns would take him with the first overall pick for awhile he was convinced New England would trade up him at number No. 2
Jack Mills, the agent representing Mayfield, has gone on the record stating the Patriots desire to draft Mayfield to become Brady's heir.

“We knew that the [New York] Jets at [No.] 3 was the bottom line. We had another team that said, 'You may get a big surprise on draft day at No. 2 if he is available.' And that team was the Patriots, ” Mills told Andrew Brandt of ESPN on “The Business of Sports with Andrew Brandt” podcast in spring of 2018.
Ultimately, the then-23-year-old Mayfield was taken first overall by Cleveland Browns leading the team to 7-8-1 record after a winless 2017 season.

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