Baker Mayfield, Jimmy Garoppolo's Best Landing Spots After 2022 NFL Draft Day 2

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIApril 30, 2022

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 03:   Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) looks deep in the end zone for a receiver in the fourth quarter during the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns on January 03, 2022 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Shelley Lipton/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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The Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans are the most plausible landing spots for a pair of quarterbacks on the trading block in the Cleveland Browns' Baker Mayfield and the San Francisco 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo.

Other teams who needed quarterbacks entering the draft addressed the position, including the Atlanta Falcons (Cincinnati's Desmond Ridder) and the Carolina Panthers (Ole Miss' Matt Corral).

The Seahawks and Texans did not add to their QB rooms in the first two rounds. For different reasons, they appear to be on the forefront of the veteran quarterback trade market following the conclusion of the draft Friday.

The Seahawks notably passed on taking a quarterback with the No. 40 and No. 41 overall pick, and because of that, Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com pegs them as a potential Mayfield landing target.

Mary Kay Cabot @MaryKayCabot

<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Seahawks?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Seahawks</a>, who have expressed interest in Baker Mayfield, pass on Malik Willis and others QBs at No. 40 and No. 41, keeping them in the possible mix for Mayfield.

Mayfield also pegged the Seahawks as his most likely destination during an appearance on "Ya Never Know" podcast:

CBS Sports' Josina Anderson reported that the Seahawks may not be interested in Mayfield but that it was still a situation worth monitoring:

IG: JosinaAnderson @JosinaAnderson

Spoke to a league source on Baker Mayfield. At this time, the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Seahawks?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Seahawks</a> still don't sound overly eager on dealing for the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Browns?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Browns</a> quarterback &amp;* his salary at that price in a situation where they feel Cleveland has to eventually move him. Still worth monitoring.<a href="https://twitter.com/BovadaOfficial?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BovadaOfficial</a>

The 49ers might be less inclined to trade Garoppolo to a division rival in the Seahawks, but Jimmy G could be the right fit in Houston.

At any rate, Jeff Howe of The Athletic believes the Texans could be in the mix for both signal-callers.

Jeff Howe @jeffphowe

The Texans do like Davis Mills, but I'd expect them be in the mix for Jimmy Garoppolo or Baker Mayfield after the draft. Doesn't sound like either QB has gotten close to getting traded yet, but the Texans, Seahawks and Panthers should stay involved, pending their draft outcomes.

Texans general manager Nick Caserio worked in the Patriots' front office when New England selected Garoppolo in the 2014 NFL draft.

Houston does have a promising second-year pro in Davis Mills, who impressed during his time as the Texans' starter last season. But adding Garoppolo for some competition couldn't hurt a team amid a large rebuild that isn't necessarily looking to contend for Super Bowls at the moment.

Ultimately, the wheels could be in motion soon on those two quarterbacks, to the point where it appears to be a waiting game until trades go down.