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Prospect Profile: Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield

Posted Apr 14, 2018

Baker Mayfield

Quarterback | Oklahoma | Senior

Height: 6-foot-1 | Weight: 215 pounds

College Stats

2017: Started all 14 games played; 285-of-404 passing for 4,627 yards with 43 touchdowns and six interceptions; added 97 rushes for 311 yards and five rushing touchdowns; also scored a two-yard receiving touchdown on a reverse play against Georgia; ranked No. 1 overall in FBS for passing efficiency (198.9), completion percentage (70.5) and yards per pass attempt (11.45); unanimous First-Team All-American; received All-Big 12 First-Team by coaches; Heisman Trophy winner, sixth in school history; named Walter Camp Player of the Year; AP Player of the Year; Sporting News Player of the Year; named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year; set single-season Sooners record with four Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week awards; set Oklahoma single-season record for total offense (4,938 yards); finished second in school history for single-season completion percentage and touchdown passes, while ranking third in passing yards

Career: Started 40 games for the Sooners, during which he was 808-of-1,157 yards passing for 12,292 yards, 119 touchdowns and 21 interceptions; also added 316 carries for 893 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns; finished Oklahoma career ranked second in FBS history in passing efficiency rating (175.4); set FBS record for consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass (40) and touchdowns responsible for (153); holds Oklahoma record for consecutive passes without an interception (200); finished his Sooners career 34-6 as a starter

Prior to transferring to Oklahoma, started seven of eight games played for Texas Tech; finished his freshman season 218-of-340 yards passing for 2,315 yards, 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions; added 88 carries for 190 rushing yards and three touchdowns; was named Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year

Combine Results

40-yard dash: 4.84 seconds (eighth among quarterbacks)
Bench press: Did not participate
Broad jump: 9 feet, 3 inches (eighth among quarterbacks)
Vertical jump: 29 inches
3-cone drill: 7.0 seconds (seventh among quarterbacks)
20-yard shuttle: 4.28 seconds (tied for third among quarterbacks)

Profile

Summary: Mayfield attended Lake Travis High School, where he led the team to a 25-2 record during two seasons as the starting quarterback. In 2011, he helped lead the team to an undefeated 16-0 season en route to a 4A state championship. Mayfield then played one season at Texas Tech before transferring to Oklahoma, where he sat out the 2014 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

According to his NFL.com Draft profile, Mayfield “plays with fiery demeanor and massive chip on his shoulder” and draws teammates to him. He is defined as being “light on his feet,” having a good plan pre-snap and responds quickly to what’s available. Mayfield is said to be accurate “on all three levels” and has the ability to extend plays when necessary, having completed 67 percent of passes made while on the move.

NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein said that Mayfield is small in stature and a spread quarterback, both of which “have had limited success” in the pros and opined that the signal caller will need to prove himself at the next level.

“Having complete command of the Oklahoma offense isn’t an automatic precursor for NFL success, but Mayfied’s ability to process, extend plays and throw with accuracy give him a good shot,” Zierlein said. “He’ll be somewhat scheme-dependent, so whoever takes him will need to be willing to build their offense around his strengths.”

Stacking up: NFL Media analysts Bucky Brooks and Mike Mayock listed Mayfield as the third- and fourth-best quarterback in this year’s draft class, respectively, and both maintained Mayfield’s ranking following the combine. Daniel Jeremiah identified Nelson as the 13th overall-best player in his list of Top 50 prospects before and after the combine.   

“Long story short, Mayfield may lack ideal size, but I love his accuracy, playmaking skills and toughness,” Jeremiah said. “He has the tools to be a quality NFL starting quarterback early in his career.”

‘Height doesn’t matter’: Mayfield is accustomed to criticism related to his height, but he told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine that it shouldn’t be a deterring factor for teams interested in drafting him.

“Height doesn’t matter,” Mayfield said. “You see guys like Tyrod Taylor, [Drew] Brees, Russell Wilson, they’ve proven that it doesn’t matter.

“I’ve got three years of tape you can watch,” Mayfield added. “Height doesn’t matter at that point. I think I had [fewer] batted balls at the line of scrimmage than the other guys here, and I’m pretty sure I’m a shorter guy, too, so it doesn’t matter.”