Some NFL talent evaluators think Baker Mayfield can be a franchise quarterback in the NFL.
NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks talked to multiple scouts and executives about their opinions on Mayfield. Some remain skeptical because of his size and the style of offense he played in. However, others raved about his abilities as a passer and his leadership ability.
“He can make all of the throws and he has tremendous confidence,” an anonymous AFC executive said. “I know he’s a little undersized but he has big-time game. I think he has the stuff to be a franchise guy.”
An anonymous NFC scout said Mayfield is “like the Energizer Bunny” with a passion that can help fuel his teammates.
“Yeah, he can make all of the throws and do all of those things you want to see from a quarterback, but it’s the ‘it’ factor that sets him apart from others in the class,” the scout said. “He has the juice that you want to see from your franchise quarterback.”
Brooks didn’t go that far in his evaluation of Mayfield. The NFL.com analyst gave the former Oklahoma quarterback a second-round grade and compared him to Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum. However, he said he expects Mayfield to be drafted early in the first round by a team that needs a quarterback.
Mayfield would do well on a team with talent at the skill positions and a quarterback-friendly scheme, Brooks said, and pointed to the New York Giants as a good fit. Not coincidentally, the Giants just hired former Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who helped Keenum have a career year in 2017, as head coach.
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