The Patriots are doing their due diligence on scouting quarterback Lamar Jackson.

And even if Eli Manning is never charged with wire fraud, Ezekiel Elliott was never charged with a crime, either. Which underscores one of the major problems that the NFL created for itself when establishing an in-house operation that investigates, prosecutes, and convicts under a vague, shadowy, confusing process that seems to be guided more by P.R. than by notions of fairness and justice.

While the NFL’s no comment doesn’t mean the NFL isn’t investigating the situation, the NFL typically isn’t bashful about acknowledging when a Personal Conduct Policy investigation has been launched. In this case, no comment could instead mean something like, Oh crap we’ve created a monster that could force us into taking action against someone we don’t really want to take action against.

While he praised other top quarterbacks in the draft, including Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph and Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, Namath said he “wouldn’t want to play” against Mayfield.

“I haven’t met them, but I’ve watched them and the most outrageous, so to speak, that I’ve seen has been Mayfield,” Namath said.

Namath told ESPN that he saw Mayfield play multiple times in college as well as at the NFL Scouting Combine. He said he doesn’t think that the 6-foot-1 Mayfield’s size will be an issue.

“I don’t know how tall he is,” Namath said. “I still don’t know big he is. Size can be a major asset, yes, size can be an asset in today’s game. But Drew Brees, his size was questioned many times and he’s one of the greatest players who’s ever played.”

The Jets traded up in mid-March to acquire the third pick and they are expected to draft a quarterback. Mayfield, however, may not be available at that slot, as ESPN reports that the Browns are considering taking him with the top pick.
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