We are going to see a ton of reports of teams meeting with potential draft picks here in the next couple months. Some of the interest will be genuine. Others will be simply to put other teams on notice in case of a potential draft-day trade.
There’s no way to tell whether the Miami Dolphins are actually interested in drafting reigning Heisman winner Baker Mayfield. But the team did meet with him during Senior Bowl week. It now has reportedly scheduled another meeting for March.
“Beyond spending alone time with Mayfield at last month’s Senior Bowl, the Dolphins have made plans to have dinner with him the night before they — and other teams — evaluate him at Oklahoma’s Pro Day on March 14,” Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald notes.
Picking 11th overall, it’s highly likely that Mayfield will be available when Miami is on the clock in the first round of April’s draft. And while the team has already committed to Ryan Tannehill as its starting quarterback next season, he’s coming off two ACL scares and missed the entire 2017 campaign.
This could very well be a way for the Dolphins to show other teams selecting behind them in the draft that they are indeed interested in Mayfield. The Arizona Cardinals (15th pick) and Buffalo Bills (21st and 22nd picks) are both in need of adding a young signal caller.
It also wouldn’t be a shock if Miami is actually interested in adding Mayfield. Tannehill’s contract calls for a $21 million cap hit in 2019. Miami could save nearly $19 million against the cap by releasing him. Should the former first-round pick fail to prove that he can remain healthy, Miami would then have an heir apparent on the roster in Mayfield.