“Here’s the honest to God’s truth,” Highsmith said, via the Canton Repository. “From the start of this college football season to the end of the season, I had Darnold No. 1 and Baker No. 2, [Josh] Rosen No. 3, [Lamar] Jackson No. 4 and [Josh] Allen after that. On our way through everything, you couldn’t tell me Darnold wasn’t the best. I did all my evaluations of the season.”
“[T]he part where you meet them off the field,” Highsmith added. “You watch their workouts. You watch everything. And Baker blew me away. Highly, highly intelligent. Highly competitive.
“And he had a trait that some of the good ones have. I call it efficacy. That includes the power to affect other people. I thought that of all the quarterbacks I watched, he stood out far and above the other guys. When he walked into a room, you knew he was there.”
“Oh man, Reggie, he’s the best,” new HC Frank Reich said. “And sometimes as a coach, when you get a former player that’s done what someone like Reggie has done — which few people have done what Reggie has done — we’re always excited. But furthermore, when you actually coached the guy, it takes it to a whole new level of excitement, because I know the kind of person and the kind of pro that we’re getting. I know his knowledge of the game, his leadership on the field — really, with the whole team — but specifically with the wide receiver group can be dynamic.”
- Colts owner Jim Irsay said they debated trading up to try and take OLB Bradley Chubb, but they elected to stay at No. 6 overall and select G Quenton Nelson. (Kevin Bowen)
- Irsay said that Nelson “is so unusual, doesn’t have any weaknesses. He’s a computer simulation of what an offensive linemen should be.”
- Aaron Wilson reports that Texans named Patriots national scout James Liipfert as their new college scouting director.
- Wilson adds that the Texans are also hiring former Cardinals scout John Ritcher as an area scout.