Baker Mayfield


Prospect Info

Austin, TX
6' 1"
215 lbs
30 1/4”
9 1/4”

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Mayfield finished his career as one of the most decorated quarterbacks in college football history, topping it off by winning the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, Davey O'Brien Award, and the Big 12 Championship and a spot in the 2017 College Football Playoff. Mayfield completed 70.5 percent of his passes (285-of-404), throwing 43 touchdowns against just six interceptions (also rushing for 311 yards and five scores). The Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year led the nation in pass efficiency by a large margin (setting a NCAA record that he himself set the previous year) and yards per pass attempt (11.8), and finished in the top five of pretty much every other passing category. He was an all-state pick from Texas, but his lack of size scared major college programs away. He began his college days in Lubbock, walking on at Texas Tech. In his one and only season there, Mayfield started seven of eight games played, winning Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year (218-of-340, 64.1 percent complete, 2,315 yards, 12 touchdowns, nine interceptions). Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury decided to open up the starting competition, so Mayfield left campus to find a new home. He sat out the 2014 season as a transfer student to Oklahoma (eventually, Big 12 coaches approved a rule that gave Mayfield an extra year of eligibility to make up for the lost season, as he was a walk-on that never received a scholarship offer from Tech). Finally on the field as the No. 1 starter in 2015, Mayfield became a second-team Associated Press All-American, Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, finished fourth in Heisman Trophy voting, and was a finalist for the Davey O'Brien, Manning, and Walter Camp Player of the Year Awards. He also won the Burlsworth Trophy as the nation's top player who began his career as a walk-on after completing 68.1 percent of his passes (269-of-395) for 3,700 yards and 36 touchdowns against just seven interceptions. In addition to winning Burlsworth Trophy again in 2016, Mayfield was first-team All-Big 12, finished third in Heisman voting, and was a finalist for the Maxwell and Davey O'Brien Awards after leading the FBS in passing efficiency (196.4 rating, ranked first with 70.9 completion percentage, 3,965 yards, 40 touchdowns, eight interceptions). While his completion percentage was aided by horizontal throws, his mobility helped him find secondary targets and his ability to throw passes over the top of defenses also led him to lead the FBS with 11.1 yards per attempt. Mayfield was arrested for public intoxication, disorderly conduct, and fleeing/resisting arrest in February 2017. He was not suspended for those actions, though he was required to participate in alcohol education classes and community service.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 1
NFL Comparison
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Spread quarterbacks have had limited success as have small quarterbacks. Mayfield falls into both categories and has to prove he can transcend those perceived deficiencies on the next level. Having complete command of the Oklahoma offense isn't an automatic precursor for NFL success, but Mayfield's ability to process, extend plays and throw with accuracy give him a good shot. He'll be somewhat scheme-dependent so whoever takes him will need to be willing to build their offense around his strengths.
  • Tough and competitive
  • Plays with fiery demeanor and massive chip on his shoulder
  • Teammates rally around him on and off field
  • In complete command of his offense and has improved with each season
  • Light on his feet with quick setup in pocket
  • Has good pre-snap plan
  • Eyeballs and eliminates safeties to isolate man coverage on his receiver
  • Quick processor from read to read
  • Responds suddenly to what is there
  • Pitch and catch accurate if you allow it
  • Underrated arm talent
  • Expedite from off-platform with tight release and zip
  • Drives with lower body for added velocity
  • Accurate on all three levels
  • Completed 53 percent of his throws of 21-plus yards over last two years
  • Drops touch throws over top of linebackers trailing in coverage
  • Has improv talent
  • Uses mobility to buy time to make plays
  • Effective when he breaks contain and will probe for explosive play
  • Completed 67 percent when on the move
  • Rises to the occasion
  • Posted elite production and efficiency as passer in the red-zone
  • Falls short of size marks for traditional early-round quarterback
  • Short with drop-down release makes him more susceptible to batted passes
  • Benefited from spread scheme that created huge passing windows to throw to
  • Will see increased importance on post-snap reads
  • Needs to improve full-field scanning
  • Can be thrown off rhythm by delayed blitz packages and disguised coverages
  • Footwork is erratic
  • Creeps up in pocket towards pressure
  • Ball placement wanes when he tries to gun it
  • Deep balls hang on him
  • Can't afford any delay in deep release to beat safety over the top
  • Needs to eliminate his back foot throws
  • Desire to make plays will lead to unnecessary sacks
  • Has to prove he can reign in and control on-field edge and cockiness


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