Ravens: RGIII signing doesn’t impact chance of drafting QB

Super Bowl participants like the Eagles and Patriots don’t enjoy that head-start luxury. They actually become victims of their own success, because the focus must remain on the task at hand — winning a championship — rather than looking too far ahead.

It’s a curious decision, since he was already replaced at his old job with the signing of left tackle Nate Solder, and dropped into a competition for a starting job at right tackle (though they’ve expressed confidence in his ability there).

Flowers might never live up to his draft status, as the ninth overall pick in 2015. But General Manager Dave Gettleman isn’t a guy who has displayed a lot of patience for guys who aren’t on board with his program.

Again, the workouts are voluntary, but that’s generally true for guys who have options, rather than guys who are trying to impress a new coach and G.M. in an effort to keep a starting job.

Fifth, a good agent can help the player establish a network of mentors and advisors who will help prepare him for the draft and for life in the NFL. Recently, former NFL fullback Michael Robinson took to Twitter to plead with Jackson to get in touch with Robinson so that others with a skill set similar to Jackson’s can help him. If Jackson had an agent, Robinson and those hoping to help Jackson would quickly be able to connect with Jackson, through the agent.

Via Rich Cimini of ESPN.com, Jets CEO Christopher Johnson is expected to be involved with quarterback Baker Mayfield‘s visit today and tomorrow, and plans to have input between now and the 2018 NFL Draft.

“Believe me, I’ll be part of this process going forward,” Johnson said at the owners meetings, referring to all draft prospects.

There’s a reasonable argument to be made that owners don’t always help the process, such as when Jimmy Haslam listened to some homeless guy and ended up with Johnny Manziel.

But so far, Johnson (who is running the Jets while his brother Woody is serving as ambassador to the United Kingdom) hasn’t shown himself to be a meddler, or to be so spectacularly wrong.

Johnson sat in on the 15-minute meetings at the Scouting Combine, but didn’t ask any questions of the quarterback prospects. But as the time to find a new face of the franchise draws near, he’s exercising his prerogative to be involved.

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