Baker Mayfield: 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Preview

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Baker Mayfield had an incredible 2016 season by all statistical categories and finished third in the Heisman voting.

Entering his senior season, Baker Mayfield is one of the most entertaining players in all of college football. He is your quintessential gun slinging quarterback who’s running ability allows him to make big play after big play for the Oklahoma Sooners. At 6’1″ and 220 pounds, Baker is small in stature for an NFL quarterback but he more then makes up for with his impressive arm strength and aforementioned elusiveness.

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When evaluating Mayfield, his arm strength jumps out at you immediately. He has the ability to make every throw on the field and has shown to be a true leader for the Sooners since transferring from rival Texas Tech. Teams will also love his decision making as Mayfield has become one of the more efficient signal callers in the red zone. In the Sooners’ run and gun offense, Mayfield’s quick decision making coupled with his mobility and arm strength will put him in the running for yet another shot at the Heisman trophy. Look for Mayfield to lead this Oklahoma football team deep into the playoff conversation despite losing a load of offensive talent with Dede Westbrook, Joe Mixon, and Samaje Perine to the NFL.

 

Mayfield however must continue to improve his mechanics and be more consistent when working from the pocket. Too often quarterbacks will display poor footwork or sloppy mechanics that result in negative plays or turnovers. When converting to a pro style offense, Mayfield will need to show that he can line up under center and work more from the pocket. If he continues to refine his mechanics and stay healthy he could climb up draft boards as the draft approaches.

 

When making a player comparison, Mayfield is built in size and stature to that of Johnny Manziel as is their style of play though Mayfield is not near the concern off the field as Manziel. However, when it comes to pro style QB’s comparisons to Ryan Tannehill are more then warranted. Raw and talented coming out of college, Mayfield will need to show scouts that he can line up under center, make calls from the huddle and refine his throwing mechanics.




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