Here is me being as close to objective as I can be when Mayfield was probably the biggest draft stan I've had since... maybe Joe Thomas/Calvin Johnson over AP?
Guys I would strongly consider trading Mayfield for straight up:
Patrick Mahomes - This is closer than people would probably think. I just think that Mahomes has a big advantage in physical tools while only having slight drop offs in leadership, accuracy, and field vision. It's darn close though because of Reid, if Mayfield was in KC's offense I wonder if he'd be doing 90% of what Mahomes is now but as a rookie? The age difference is what ends up making it hard for me. Even though he's in his 2nd year and Mayfield is a rookie, Mahomes is younger.
Aaron Rodgers - I know the shine has been tarnished a bit this season because of the bad record and McCarthy getting fired, but has anyone checked his stats in a BAD year? Dude is 23-1 TD-INT with the longest INTless pass streak in NFL history. In a badly designed, ten year old offensive scheme. Can you imagine him in an innovative offense? Wasn't it Brady who said he would be passing for 6K and 50+ TDs every year with Bellichick? I believe him. The age is the only thing that makes this close, if he was 30 instead of 35 it's a no brainer. Aaron Rodgers is a top 5 GOAT candidate.
Russel Wilson - Dude is dragging a BAD offense this year and still has 29 TDs to 6 INTs and while he's not the runner he was he picks his spots really well and gets 6 yards a carry on 3-5 runs per game. I would strongly consider this one but I think I'd say no in the end.
Guys I could see an argument for, but I'm a strong NO:
Phillip Rivers - Again, if this was 28 year old Rivers I would put him in the category above. He's still performing at a very high level and I can see the argument, but I just believe in Baker's future way too much.
Deshaun Watson - Dude has been very solid this year, but I don't see the potential that Baker has. And his injury risk seems higher with his play style.
Matt Ryan - I think Ryan is a freaking enigma. Sometimes he looks awesome, but he's just maddeningly inconsistent and I think he's benefited from having great weapons for the vast majority of his career.
Carson Wentz - I'm worried by the post-injury regression. If you gave me a time machine and I could get pre-injury Wentz and keep him from getting hurt, I would put him in the category above. As is, Bakeshow.
Andrew Luck - Very similar to Wentz except that he's now come back from the injury and looked great again. I think he's the one in this category who is the closest to making the jump to the next one up with one more injury-free, excellent year. But he was out for two full years due to injury. That is too worrying to me for now.
Drew Brees/Tom Brady - Age. All there is to it.
Big Ben - What do I look like? Pittsburgh? I don't do the date rapists/domestic abusers thing. Also he's sucked lately.
Darnold/Rosen/Allen/Jackson - Nope. We got the best one. Hail king Baker.
I see a strong argument for Mahomes, and Good ones for Wilson and Rodgers.
But I'm ride of die Baker. I don't know if those other guys have the leadership abilities that this team and this city need right now. If we had taken Mahomes, maybe I say stay with him (probably). But Baker is who we've got, and seems like the freaking perfect fit so far. No need to mess with a good thing. Ride or Die Baker MayGoat.