Baker Mayfield posted absurd stats on deep passes in 2017

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NFL teams probably don’t need to worry about Baker Mayfield’s arm strength at all.

The former Oklahoma quarterback was ridiculously efficient on deep passes last season, according to stats compiled by Pro Football Focus. On throws that traveled 20 yards downfield or more in 2017, Mayfield threw for 1,550 yards and 16 touchdowns with 2 interceptions. His passer rating on deep throws was at least 29 points higher than the national average, regardless of what part of the field he was targeting.

These numbers reinforce what Mayfield showed all season: he’s probably¬†the best deep passer in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft. He may not have the size of a prototypical NFL quarterback like Wyoming’s Josh Allen does, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have the arm strength to make all the throws at the next level. In fact, most of the advanced stats favor Mayfield over Allen by a significant margin.

PFF analysts are extremely high on Mayfield as a passer overall, rating him as the No. 1 quarterback in the draft and a possible No. 1 overall pick.

Despite the occasional comparisons to Johnny Manziel, Mayfield has consistently been graded as an early first-round pick in most of the latest mock drafts. Among the teams with top-10 picks, Cleveland, Denver and the New York Jets have all demonstrated interest in the reigning Heisman winner.

Mayfield’s next chance to show off his arm strength and deep passing accuracy will be at the NFL Scouting Combine¬†in Indianapolis later this month. Quarterbacks are scheduled arrive on Wednesday, Feb. 28.

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