Baker Mayfield might not take very long to become a good NFL starting quarterback, according to NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah.
Jeremiah ranked Mayfield No. 13 overall among the prospects in 2018 NFL Draft, and said Mayfield has the skill set to be a starter and have success early. Mayfield ranked behind only USC’s Sam Darnold (No. 6) and UCLA’s Josh Rosen (No. 7) among quarterbacks on Jeremiah’s board.
Long story short, Mayfield might lack ideal size, but I love his accuracy, playmaking skills and toughness. He has the tools to be a quality NFL starting quarterback early in his career.
According the draft expert, Mayfield boasts impressive accuracy, even when scrambling and throwing without great footing. His ability to escape pressure and make plays as a runner also makes him dangerous. All that could add up to a quarterback who could win a starting job and be successful without having to wait on the bench very long.
Mayfield has consistently been ranked among this year’s top 15 prospects by most draft analysts, and has consistently been projected as an early first-round pick. Many of the teams with picks near the top of the draft are expected to have interest in him.
However, there is some disagreement about where he ranks among quarterback prospects. For instance, ESPN’s Mel Kiper ranks Mayfield behind Darnold and Rosen, as well as Wyoming’s Josh Allen. Meanwhile, Pro Football Focus has projected Mayfield as high as No. 1 overall to the Cleveland Browns.
The draft stock of Mayfield and the other quarterbacks should become more clear as the evaluation process continues. Mayfield will work out at the Senior Bowl this week, and is expected to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine. The 2018 NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 26.
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