2018 Football Draft Kit: Rookies to Watch
2018 Football Draft Kit: Rookies to Watch

This article is part of our Football Draft Kit series.

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Baker Mayfield, Browns
6-1, 215, Oklahoma – 1st Round (1st overall)

Even though Mayfield doesn't have ideal height, he didn't have many balls tipped or batted down at the line in college, completing more than 70 percent of his passes the last two years. He faces a bit of a learning curve coming from a spread system in which he rarely played under center, but his strong arm and mobility should translate to the pro game, which he likely will have plenty of time to learn. Tyrod Taylor is the starter entering training camp, and the Browns appear content to let Mayfield sit, though coach Hue Jackson left the door open.

Sam Darnold, Jets

6-3, 225, USC – 1st (3rd)

The Jets' quarterback of the future could be the quarterback of the present with only Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater in his way. First, though, Darnold must address his turnover issues by improving his decision-making and not holding the ball so long. Concern about Darnold's windup delivery appears overblown, as he still generates enough velocity to overcome the extra release time. If Darnold doesn't win the starting job in camp, it shouldn't be too long before he takes over, and his size, strong arm and ability to elude pressure should fit well in new offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates' West Coast scheme.

Josh Rosen, Cardinals

6-4, 218/ UCLA – 1st (10th)

Rosen might be the most NFL-ready QB in this year's draft, as he has top-shelf mechanics

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