Is Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield a top NFL prospect for next year’s draft?
College football fans are about to get reacquainted with Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield when he and the Sooners take on Ohio State Saturday night. A solid performance could lead to OU being part of the College Football Playoff conversation – and Mayfield being part of the Heisman Trophy conversation again.
But is Mayfield a top NFL prospect at quarterback?
In short, he’s not.
Mayfield, who is listed at 6-foot-1, 220 pounds, is not considered the ideal size for a quarterback. It’s also fair to say those numbers are a bit embellished. Many also don’t believe he has great arm strength.
Mayfield’s statistics are beyond impressive – in 2016 alone, he threw for 3,965 yards with 40 touchdowns and just eight interceptions. But pundits point to the weak defenses in the Big 12 and say the stats are inflated. For reference, last year against Ohio State, Mayfield finished 17-of-32 for 226 yards with two touchdowns and two picks.
A number of draft scouts have noted that they’re “not impressed” with Mayfield as an NFL prospect.
I haven't studied Baker Mayfield yet, but he has immediate size/arm questions. Hopefully he's not thinking NFL yet https://t.co/ha84ptny2W
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) November 30, 2015
I've watched probably 5-6 games from Mayfield and wasn't impressed. https://t.co/hB86MYseCr
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) November 14, 2016
So where does Mayfield project at for next year’s draft? Probably in the sixth or seventh round – or undrafted.
Of course, that can change. If Mayfield lights up Ohio State, leads Oklahoma to the playoff and wins the Heisman, his stock will soar. But he’s probably not going to be a first round pick regardless.