Pros: Accurate passer with great ball placement. Can extend plays with his legs and keep his eyes down the field. Moves his eyes and takes what’s there rather than forcing throws that he shouldn’t. Has leadership qualities and seems to play with a chip on his shoulder. Very good touch passes with intermediate throws. Goes through progressions and will put zip on the ball. Goes through progressions quickly and sees what the defense is giving him. Rarely puts the ball in danger. A dual threat who can hurt you with his feet, whether escaping the pocket or running for yardage. Gunslinger mentality.
Cons: Gets happy feet in the pocket. Throws off his back foot more than he should. Deep passes tend to sail on him. Teams will question his maturity due to off the field issues. May take sacks in the NFL due to holding on to the ball for too long. Wasn’t under center often. Will have to do better in seeing post snap reads when it comes to delayed blitzes.
Overall: Baker Mayfield has all the traits of a franchise quarterback. He has improved each year and will continue to do so in the NFL. He’s a very accurate passer who can make defenders miss and shed sacks. He’s a play-making gunslinger who isn’t afraid. Mayfield is a fierce competitor who gives his best every game. He doesn’t have the strongest arm, but he’s arguably the most accurate. He will have to get used to the speed on the NFL and do more work under center, but those are things that only get better with more reps and games he will play in. There’s a lot to like when you look into his game film. Mayfield is going to make a team very happy they drafted him.
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