There’s little left for Baker Mayfield to accomplish among the collegiate ranks.
On Saturday night, Mayfield was honored as the 2017 Heisman Memorial Trophy winner, capping a week in which Mayfield also earned the Walter Camp Award, Maxwell Award, Davey O’Brien Award and Associated Press Player of the Year honors.
In short, Mayfield is tremendously good at football and the proof is in the packed trophy case.
But, all the while, much has been made of whether or not Mayfield looks the part of an NFL-caliber gunslinger. One of the most knowledgable minds in the industry believes that answer is a resounding yes, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter said Mayfield is a sure-fire first round NFL Draft pick during a Sunday morning segment on SportsCenter.
“I will guarantee you right now, Baker Mayfield is going in the first round of the draft,” Schefter said. “And I will bet you he goes higher than people think.”
“They love his competitive spirit. They love all the skills that he brings; the flexibility that he provides. He’s drawn comparisons to Drew Brees, Russell Wilson,” Schefter said, adding that three NFL teams have told him that Mayfield is the quarterback they really love.
Despite taking home the Heisman, as well as numerous other annual awards, Mayfield is currently ranked as Todd McShay’s fourth-best quarterback prospect, trailing UCLA’s Josh Rosen, USC’s Sam Darnold and Wyoming’s Josh Allen.
Mayfield is also ranked 27th overall, as if the Sooners star needs yet another chip on his shoulder in the form of 26 prospects being ranked above him.
In any case, whichever NFL franchise ultimately elects to make Mayfield its own will be getting a relentless competitor and tantalizing talent, but to secure such skill, as Schefter noted, a first round pick will have to be spent.
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