Of all the quarterbacks in this draft, there are none who are more intriguing than Baker Mayfield. The Oklahoma product was always underestimated during his college career, and many thought that he wouldn’t be able to be anything but a good college quarterback. He vastly exceeded expectations.
In each of the past two seasons, Mayfield was a big-time leader for the Sooners and in 2017, he led the team to the College Football Playoff. As the starting quarterback, Mayfield was prolific for the team and he put up some eye popping stats. He completed 70 percent of his passes for 4,627 yards, 43 touchdowns, and just six interceptions. Granted, part of that massive production was due to the spread-type Big 12 offense Oklahoma runs, but it also demonstrated that Mayfield has the ability to be successful.
Furthermore, Mayfield’s possesses a competitive spirit that goes unrivaled by most players. At Oklahoma, Mayfield was always fired up on the field, and that sometimes got him in trouble. That said, he obviously cares about winning and will bring passion to the team that selects him. He is a winner, and he will do everything he can to be a success.
As a player, Mayfield’s playing style is reminiscent of Drew Brees. Both are undersized passers, Mayfield is 6-foot-1 and Brees is an even 6-feet, but they have hyper accurate arms and elite level ball placement ability. At the NFL level, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Mayfield have some similarities to Brees and if he can continue to be accurate, he will be a strong starting quarterback at the very least.
Mayfield won’t likely get as much love as a prospect as he deserves in the lead up to the draft. But the fact is that he is a winner and while he admittedly has some limitations, he will overcome them. Much like Deshaun Watson overcame his concerns with pass speed, Mayfield will overcome his size and become a quality contributor at the NFL level. The Heisman winner seems like a solid player and a great leader, and he deserves to be given more love as a prospect than he has gotten.