Baker Mayfield’s NFL draft stock appears to be on the rise after a stellar senior season.
According to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, Mayfield “helped himself as much as any draft-eligible player” in the eyes of NFL scouts in 2017. There are still doubts about Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, and Breer reports that “not much has changed” regarding the perception of the other top quarterback prospects: Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen and Josh Allen.
Meanwhile, Mayfield has elevated himself in the eyes of NFL talent evaluators.
At this point, it would be a surprise if Baker Mayfield doesn’t go somewhere in the first round. Mayfield isn’t for everyone. But he’s accurate, he’s mobile, and he wins. The off-field incident of last summer and his on-field antics are there, yes, but offset by how his teammates and coaches feel about him, and his football character (i.e. how seriously he takes his craft).
Mayfield has completed 71 percent of his passes for 4,340 yards, 41 touchdowns and 5 interceptions this season while leading the Sooners to a 12-1 record and a College Football Playoff berth. The biggest concerns about him continue to be his off-the-field antics and his height, but many scouts clearly see him as a first-round talent.
The Oklahoma quarterback still has at least one collegiate game left. The Sooners face the Georgia Bulldogs in the Rose Bowl in a playoff semifinal on Jan. 1. The 2018 NFL Draft begins April 26.
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