Drake Maye is at the NFL Combine, but North Carolina’s star quarterback is not going to be throwing for teams. Without that throwing session, he still found a way to boost his draft stock on Friday.

While speaking with the media, Maye mentioned meeting with the Washington Commanders, Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, New York Giants and others. He later addressed his decision to not throw in an interview with Tom Pelissero.

Maye said he’s prepared for a “big script” at his Pro Day and expects that session for teams to be “real intense.” His main focus this week was simply getting in front of teams.

“The biggest thing for me is getting here and in front of the teams and let them know what I’m about. We’ve got a big script for Pro Days, quarterback Pro Days are real intense now,” said Maye. “You’ve got about 60-something throws and you’re in there for about 45 minutes to an hour throwing with the guys, so I’m ready to showcase for them what I can do on the field.”

As for his destination, Maye said he’ll play wherever before delivering his sales pitch to NFL teams. This will go down as one of the quotes of the week and illustrates Maye’s competitive edge.

“I think I can do it all. I can make a play with my feet, I can make a play throwing from the pocket. You don’t want to game plan for me, you want to game plan with me, and that’s the biggest thing,” Maye proclaimed.

Maye is still the favorite to be the No. 2 pick in the draft, trailing only Caleb Williams in the best odds for the No. 1 pick. Fans can track the latest odds via Saturday Road’s DraftKings links.

Why it matters

As traditionally happens in the NFL Draft process, Maye is in the middle of scouts and analysts picking apart his game. That happens for every player, though Maye was widely expected to be one of the top quarterbacks selected for the past year.

The main reason Maye’s stock has dropped has less to do with Maye’s overall makeup and more to do with Jayden Daniels’ Heisman Trophy performance and rise on draft boards. Now, it’s up to Maye to remind teams why he’s the second-best QB behind Williams.

His message to Pelissero is the kind of statement teams are looking for. And, by most accounts, Maye was expected to shine during the interview process of the combine.

Maye will still need to show his arm talent at his Pro Day, but his brief yet lethal comment is a reminder of the gamer mentality within the Tar Heel star.