Baker Mayfield drew inspiration from Brett Favre on the eve of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Mayfield, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Oklahoma, on Wednesday tweeted a quote he attributed to Favre, as well as a photo recreation (right down to the jean shorts) of Favre talking on the phone with the Falcons after Atlanta drafted him in the second round in 1991. The new and old images were side by side in the tweet.
Mayfield also has his share of boosters: None other than Hall of Fame QB Joe Namath called Mayfield the “most outrageous” quarterback in this year’s draft, and he meant that as a compliment. Namath’s old team, the Jets, are rumored to be interested in taking Mayfield with the third overall pick. Sporting News’ most recent NFL Mock Draft has Mayfield going to the Dolphins with the 11th overall pick.
Toughest tests: The aforementioned Eagles game is the first of several challenges. Another postseason rematch, against the Saints, is just as tough. Beyond those game and the always-dangerous NFC North contests, road trips to LA to play the Rams and to New England to play the Patriots are the Vikings’ key games.
Biggest breaks: The Vikings are fortunate to get the Saints at home, avoiding the intimidation factor of the Superdome and welcoming New Orleans back to the site of the Minneapolis Miracle. With the exception of the Patriots game, the AFC East presents the Vikings multiple winnable games on their schedule.
Bottom line: There isn’t much reason to expect a big drop-off this season for the Vikings, so the focus turns to their opponents. If teams like the Bears, Lions, Rams and 49ers take the steps of improvement many expect them to take, the strength of Minnesota’s schedule will increase significantly. Some of those non-divisional NFC games on the schedule will have the Vikings thinking about the playoffs, but their first priority should be defending their NFC North title. Record prediction: 9-7
“It’s been a very entertaining back and forth with him (Dorsey), which makes it fun,” Mayfield said. “He’s been up front and honest about messing with me about my mistakes and I’ve been honest with him about what I learned from it, the fact that it shoudln’t have happened.”