Josh Allen is a prospect that a lot of the Cleveland fanbase will not like given their history with quarterbacks.
But who does that distinction belong to in Payton's eyes?
Herbstreit, who has replaced Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden on ESPN's draft team, this week shared with football reporters his ranking of several quarterbacks who probably will be drafted April 26 in the first round.
In this anecdote, you can see the confidence and swagger that makes some people gravitate toward Mayfield and others reject or dislike him.
"I don't see [Andrew] Luck in this draft, and I don't see Carson Wentz, who I liked a lot coming into the draft", Saints coach Sean Payton said Saturday. Allen has better "physical" traits than the other top QBs.
So teams have to ask themselves, Does he care more about those types of things than he does football? He is a high ceiling low floor player with a big chance to be a bust. The Chargers had the top pick and meant to take Manning, but Peyton's younger brother (and father Archie) had made it clear he didn't want to play for them. And even the advanced, experienced quarterbacks aren't making full-field reads.
Unfortunately, all great things come to an end. It would be unprecedented for a player who has accomplished so little at all levels to be drafted No. 1 overall.
The answer could be as simple as saying, "Of course he's flawed in some of the mental aspects of the game, but so are all of these quarterbacks". It could be very similar to what Mayfield ran to perfection at Oklahoma. They also have interviewed them at the NFL Scouting Combine and the Senior Bowl after spending plenty of time last fall scouting their games. Now, has he improved during the pre-draft run-up process? They're going to put Allen on the whiteboard. Where do you have him going?
There's a famous scene from the television show The West Wing in which White House Communications Director Toby Ziegler exclaims "they'll like us when we win!" when discussing foreign policy and the Arab world. This year, if the Cleveland Browns (who need a quarterback) draft Barkley at No. 1 anyway, look for the Giants to take Chubb at No. 2 since the defensive end pool drops significantly after his selection or trade down a few notches and get Nelson. Josh Allen has that coveted big arm but serious accuracy issues. His surrounding talent was laughably bad.
Granted, excellent college production doesn't necessarily foreshadow a fantastic pro career, but looking at Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson's numbers could make you think there has to be a typo someplace.