UCLA Quarterback 6’4″ – 218 lbs.
2017 Highlights: YouTube
2017 Stats: 3,717 yards – 26 TDs – 10 INTs – 62.5%
2016 Stats: 1,915 yards – 10 TDs – 5 INTs – 59.3%
2015 Stats: 3,670 yards – 23 TDs – 11 INTs – 60.0%
The Johnny Manziel comparisons are obvious and somewhat warranted when it comes to Baker Mayfield, but his production is simply amazing. After winning the Heisman Trophy, Mayfield will go into the College Football Playoff on New Year’s Day as college football’s most exciting player. Even though Mayfield’s listed at 6’1″, he’s believed to be just short of six feet. If I’m a general manager, I’m not letting Mayfield’s height deter me from drafting a possible franchise quarterback.
Mayfield can make all of the NFL throws as his arm strength is above average. He’s got an incredibly quick release and completes 70% of his passes. He can slide in the pocket, he can throw on the run, and he can launch the ball sixty yards down the field with ease. Mayfield isn’t a fast runner but he’s shifty and has great escape ability. Between his overwhelming accuracy, strong arm, and quick feet, Mayfield has been able to put up insane numbers the last three years at Oklahoma.
Mayfield is small for an NFL quarterback but guys like Russell Wilson and Drew Brees have proven that sub-six-foot quarterbacks can win. Another weakness is Mayfield’s demeanor on the sidelines. He’s been known to be a bit of a hot-head and that’s where the Manziel comparisons come from.
The most important part of Mayfield’s draft position will be his pre-draft interviews. If NFL general manager’s and coaches feel comfortable drafting a fiery undersized quarterback after looking him in the eye and speaking with him, then he’ll go early in the first round. I feel the sky’s the limit for Mayfield and if he can stay out of his own way, he has the potential to be a star in this league.
NFL Comparison: Matt Ryan
Between their physical similarities and arm strength, Mayfield has the potential to be a Drew Brees type of quarterback for years to come. After the NFL Combine and after his team interviews, I see Baker Mayfield going in the top 20 picks of the 2018 NFL Draft.