Oklahoma Heisman contender Baker Mayfield is not a traditional pro quarterback prospect, but some are warming up to the idea of him leading an NFL franchise.
Mayfield does not possess classic quarterback size, listed at 6-foot-1, and he plays in a very college-style offense under Lincoln Riley, but it is impossible to deny his tools and phenomenal 2017 numbers.
Earlier in the week, former San Francisco and Washington general manager Scot McCloughlan revealed that Mayfield is his favorite quarterback in the upcoming draft.
Bleacher Report NFL Draft expert Matt Miller is coming around on the Sooner star as well. In his column this morning, he says that Mayfield can be a franchise signal caller at the next level:
Anonymous NFL sources might be afraid to come out and say it, but I'm not: Baker Mayfield can be a franchise quarterback.
The three things I look for first when evaluating a quarterback are accuracy, decision-making and toughness. Mayfield has shown all three at a high level every chance he's had on the field in college. Some teams may overthink this scouting report, but mine will say that Mayfield is a franchise-caliber quarterback.
Miller compares Mayfield to Russell Wilson, which seems apt given his size limitations, athleticism, accuracy, and arm strength. Like Wilson, Mayfield's success may be predicated on fit, which is increasingly the case in the NFL. Mayfield is a gamer though, and any NFL scout has to like that he completes over 72-percent of his passes, has an eye-popping 12.03 yards per attempt, and has thrown 17 touchdowns to just one interception.
Someone will take a shot on Mayfield, and it looks like it may be much earlier than anticipated before the season. Hopefully it is a franchise that will find the best way to utilize his unique talents.