Throughout the summer, National Scout Jon Ledyard, Assistant Director Joe Marino and Scouting Director Kyle Crabbs will be conducting summer assessments on 99 notable senior prospects. Of these 99 seniors, the 33 most prominent will be covered by all three analysts.
Of the remaining 66, each of the three analysts has “drafted” 22 of them to scout exclusively.
This serves as the foundation for our 2018 draft assessments.
Scout: Joe Marino
Name: Baker Mayfield
Date of Birth: 4/14/1995
High School: Lake Travis (TX)
Games Played: 34
Games Started: 33
Production: 741/1093, 9980 passing yards, 88 passing TD, 24 INT, 307 carries, 772 rushing yards, 16 rushing TD
High School: Consensus 3-star recruit. 25-2 record as a two year starter at Quarterback. 2nd team All-State (Texas). Walked on at Texas Tech before transferring to walk-on at Oklahoma after a fallout with the Red Raiders coaching staff. Only offers out of high school were from Florida Atlantic, New Mexico and Rice.
College: Communication major. Currently holds OU records for completion percentage and passing efficiency. Finished 3rd in 2016 Heisman voting. Also a 2016 finalist for Maxwell and Davey O’Brien awards. 2016 1st team All-Big12. 2015 Sporting News Player of the Year. 2015 1st team All-American (Sporting News and Walter Camp). 2015 1st team All-Big 12 and Offensive Player of the Year. 2013 Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year.
Strengths: Outstanding ability to extend plays with his legs. Throws well on the run. Keeps his eyes down field but is also a dynamic runner. Has plenty of arm strength to challenge tight windows but also demonstrates good touch throws. Does well to adjust his arm angles and throw from a variety of platforms.
Weaknesses: Arrested in February and charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and fleeing an officer. Gunslinger mentality gets the best of him at times. Doesn’t execute with great timing and is more apt to ignore what the defense gives him for bigger opportunities. Willing to test man coverage but ball placement isn’t consistent. Needs to put the ball in more favorable areas for the receiver and he frequently creates contested situations with sloppy accuracy. Doesn’t throw from a consistent foundation and his mechanics waiver which leads to inaccurate throws. Has worked exclusively from the shotgun so taking snaps from under center and understanding the timing with his footwork as it relates to progressions is foreign to him.
Summary: Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield has been one of college football’s most dynamic playmakers over the last two seasons and is one of the Heisman Trophy favorites entering the season. Mayfield knows how to extend plays by moving within the pocket and getting outside of the pocket while keeping his eyes down the field and makings sound throws on the run. A dual-threat passer, Mayfield can pick up chunks of yards with his legs making him a difficult opponent to defend.
Mayfield has plenty of arm strength to work the ball to any level of the field while also demonstrating good touch on throws when required.
When evaluating his game tape, it’s clear that Mayfield doesn’t execute consistently within the structure of the offense and frequently wants more than the defense is willing to give him. That leads to questionable decisions with the football and his inconsistent accuracy does him no favors in those situations. Working exclusively from the shotgun, Mayfield has a considerable learning curve ahead of him.
Mayfield is a mixed bag of exciting plays in big moments tempered with inaccurate throws and lack of consistency to execute within the structure of the offense.
Predicted Value Range: Third-Fourth Round