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Baker Mayfield | Quarterback

Team: Oklahoma Sooners
Age / DOB:  (23) / 4/14/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 220

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Sports Illustrated's Andy Benoit assigned the Cleveland Browns a "B-" for their work in the draft.
Benoit seems to be iffy on the selection of QB Baker Mayfield saying his "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." By this, he means that Mayfield could either be very good or bad depending on how the Browns are able to develop him. Benoit says it's "a roll of the dice" due to his height and some of his "sandlot" plays at Oklahoma. He also questions the selection of Nick Chubb with pick No. 35 overall due to the Browns already having a "terrific base runner like Carlos Hyde" and "a versatile scatback like Duke Johnson." An overall grade of "B-" might have been generous to the Browns given the immense amount of draft capital they had. Sun, Apr 29, 2018 03:09:00 PM

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Browns selected Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Mayfield (6’1/215) went 33-6 in 39 starts for the Sooners, finishing second in D-I history in passer efficiency rating (175.4) with a Big 12 all-time record in yards per attempt (9.8), a 131:30 TD-to-INT ratio, and 21 rushing scores. Per PFF College, Mayfield led the nation in QB rating under pressure in 2015 (117.4), 2016 (119.2), and 2017 (111.6). Mayfield has a play-fake-heavy, spread-offense background and lacks ideal height, but his playmaking ability is tangible on tape with plus arm talent and mobility. Only Josh Allen threw with more ball velocity at the Combine in this year’s QB class. Long term, Mayfield should fall on the Jeff Garcia-Russell Wilson spectrum. (Garcia had an underrated prime.) Mayfield will open his career behind Tyrod Taylor in Cleveland.
Thu, Apr 26, 2018 08:20:00 PM National Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Browns believe Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield is not similar on or off the field to Johnny Manziel.

Rapoport notes that the two players came from different offenses -- with Manziel's offense much more spread-based -- and also that Mayfield is a "much better thrower than Manziel ever was." Rapoport also mentions that the off-field arrest of Mayfield was a much different circumstance than the issues Manziel has had off the field. It's looking more and more likely that Mayfield is going to be the first player taken Thursday night.
Thu, Apr 26, 2018 03:19:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora said that the Cleveland Browns selecting Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield with the first pick "wouldn't surprise me at all."

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein tweeted earlier on Thursday that Mayfield-to-Cleveland "is happening" later tonight, a sentiment that was echoed in the updated mock drafts of ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. and fellow NFL Media colleague Daniel Jeremiah. Now, La Canfora does say that he does not believe that Mayfield will ultimately be the pick for Cleveland. At this juncture, though, there's heavy indication that he'll be the young man to attempt to turn around the moribund franchise.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Apr 26, 2018 12:43:00 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein says Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield being the No. 1 overall pick to the Browns "is happening."

Mel Kiper has moved Mayfield to being the first overall pick, as has Daniel Jeremiah. If that is the case, the No. 2 pick with the Giants is now a fascinating selection with Sam Darnold and the trickle down from there.
Thu, Apr 26, 2018 11:28:00 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter states there is "a mounting belief" among NFL GMs and coaches that Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield will be the Browns' selection at No. 1.

It should be noted that John Dorsey is still keeping this a secret. There are plenty of voices in the Browns' draft room, and Dorsey must narrow down his decision to what he believes. However, bringing in a respected evaluator like Scot McCloughan, who previously stated Mayfield was his top quarterback, might help Baker's case for No. 1.
Thu, Apr 26, 2018 08:40:00 AM

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield is "definitely" in the conversation at No. 1 overall to the Browns, according to one executive who spoke with Adam Schefter.

We buy it. A few scenarios could be playing out in front of us. One, John Dorsey knows the pick, but is keeping it a secret, especially from Hue Jackson. We all know Hue has friends in the media and leaks information. Second, Dorsey, Jackson, McCloughan, Haley and more could disagree on which passer is the top quarterback in this class. At the end of the day the pick will come down to Dorsey. McCloughan already stated Mayfield is his top quarterback.
Tue, Apr 24, 2018 08:43:00 AM

ESPN's Rich Cimini writes that "chances are" that the New York Jets will select either Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield or UCLA QB Josh Rosen with the No. 3 selection.

Per Cimini, Jets GM Mike Maccagnan was acting somewhat cagey in his Monday press conference, which could potentially be a sign that the Jets have settled on their quarterback to be. How cagey was Maccagnan? He refused to confirm that New York was going to be taking a quarterback at all. That kind of cagey. Cimini passes along that several "key" members of the organization are Mayfield backers, though Rosen is not without those in his corner.
Mon, Apr 23, 2018 06:23:00 PM

Scouts who spoke with Bob McGinn Football had vastly different opinions on the personality of Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield.

"He’s not half-cocked. He’s humble. I think he’s an outstanding competitor," one scout said, an opinion which was not held in the least by another evaluator whom McGinn spoke with. That second source offered up that Mayfield is a "cocky little [expletive]" and believes that the quarterback is "a little bit too full of himself." Or as another scout put it, the signal-caller is "a little bit obnoxious." We've heard varying views on Mayfield's personality throughout the predraft process, so nothing here comes as a huge surprise. He very well may land as a top-five pick come Thursday.
Mon, Apr 23, 2018 02:42:00 PM

The Arizona Cardinals love Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, according to the MMQB's Peter King.

"The Cardinals don’t like Baker Mayfield. They love him.," King writes after projecting a trade up by the Cardinals. Steve Keim called finding a quarterback the "holy grail" for an NFL franchise, and signing Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon doesn't qualify as that in our opinion. With the Browns and Jets locked in to quarterbacks in the top three, the Cardinals, Bills and Broncos could all be interested in drafting a quarterback, as well as the Saints, Chargers and Patriots.
Source: The MMQB
Mon, Apr 23, 2018 08:44:00 AM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield to former NFL QB Doug Flutie.

Like Flutie, Mayfield also won a Heisman Trophy. Unlike Flutie, Mayfield is going to go in the first-round. Zierlein loves his competitiveness and "fiery" demeanor, and calls the former Sooner signal-caller "accurate on all three levels." He does note his concerns about his size -- a la Flutie -- and he'll need to eliminate his back foot throws. "Mayfield's ability to process, extend plays and throw with accuracy give him a good shot," writes Zierlein. "He'll be somewhat scheme-dependent so whoever takes him will need to be willing to build their offense around his strengths."
Sat, Apr 21, 2018 03:59:00 PM

Draft Insider Tony Pauline passes along word that some believe Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield being drafted by the Jets is a "done deal."

Pauline has been on this path for a long time, and we believe it. The Jets traded up for the No. 3 pick early in the process. Perhaps they have a clear target in mind, and it would make sense if it is Mayfield as he fits the Jets' offense extremely well. We expect this to be a consensus opinion by the time the draft rolls around.
Thu, Apr 19, 2018 10:57:00 AM

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield visited the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday.

The Cardinals entered this offseason with no quarterbacks on their roster and have since signed oft-injured Sam Bradford to be their starter. With Arizona clearly needing a long-term starter at quarterback their interest in Mayfield is unsurprising. Mayfield is currently projected to go within the top six picks so the Cardinals would likely have to move up from pick 15 in order to draft him. Given their current draft capital, trading up to Cleveland, Denver, or Indianapolis at pick four, five, or six would make the most sense.
Wed, Apr 18, 2018 07:04:00 PM

Pro Football Focus's Steve Palazzolo believes that the narrative that had easy throws to complete at Oklahoma is true.

As Palazzolo mentions, the Oklahoma offense is set up to give their quarterbacks easy-to-complete throws, and Mayfield completed those passes. A lot. He had the highest percentage of completely open throws of any quarterback Pro Football Focus scouted. "However, this should not be the end of the analysis," writes Palazzolo. "Our data has shown the the most stable measure of quarterback accuracy is the ability to hit open throws, and Mayfield is the best in the class in this regard, especially when throwing the ball down the field." Palazzolo also notes that Mayfield was the most accurate in tight-window throws, so even if the above narrative is true, it doesn't speak to Mayfield's ability to throw.
Tue, Apr 17, 2018 11:04:00 PM Draft Analyst Baker Mayfield projects Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield to go third overall to the New York Jets in his latest mock draft.

USC's Sam Darnold goes first overall to the Browns, and Penn State RB Saquon Barkley goes second to the Giants. We've seen quarterbacks linked to the Jets in several mock drafts -- it's certainly the reason why they traded up from pick six to pick three while giving up several high picks -- but Mayfield isn't generally the name associated. He's seen his stock rise substantially over the last week, however, and at this point, it'd be an upset if he didn't go in the top five.
Tue, Apr 17, 2018 08:07:00 PM