NFL teams have been calling Kliff Kingsbury a lot recently to talk about his former quarterback, Baker Mayfield.
Mayfield started at quarterback for Kingsbury at Texas Tech in 2013. The Red Raiders coach told Sports Illustrated’s Robert Klemko that some NFL teams want to get his thoughts on the possible top-10 pick. Kingsbury said the thing he praises the most about Mayfield during those conversations is how quickly the former walk-on learned Texas Tech’s offense.
“Yes, I’ve had a few reach out to get my thoughts on his makeup, his mentality, how he compares to some of the others guys we’ve had,” Kingsbury said. “What stood out to me, and what I tell these teams, is how quickly he processed information. He’s got the strong arm, the quick release, but what really was really impressive was how quickly he could take it from the classroom to the practice field.”
Kingsbury is well respected in NFL circles, and he was largely responsible for the development of last year’s No. 10 overall pick, Patrick Mahomes. He also coached former first-rounder Johnny Manziel during his time as offensive coordinator at Texas A&M, so he might be able to offer some insight into the comparisons between Manziel and Mayfield.
Mayfield’s time in Lubbock didn’t end well. He left Texas Tech after the 2013 season because of disputes over his place on the depth chart and whether he would receive a scholarship. He transferred to Oklahoma, sat out the 2014 season, then led the Sooners to three straight Big 12 titles and two playoff appearances.
However, the nature of that split doesn’t keep Kingsbury from praising Mayfield when NFL teams ask about him.
“I think if you watch today’s NFL and the way these teams are really adapting to these quarterbacks and really playing to their strengths, I think in the right system, you build an offense around him and he can be highly, highly successful,” Kingsbury said.
Mayfield is currently projected as an early first-round pick in most NFL mock drafts. According to Klemko, the Cleveland Browns, who hold the No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks, are the most likely landing spot for Mayfield when the draft begins April 26.
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