There is still a College Football Playoff to play, but ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter says that when the time comes, there’s no doubt Baker Mayfield will be a first round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Schefter’s comments came the day after Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night in New York City, saying, “I will guarantee you right now, Baker Mayfield is going in the first round of the draft. And I will bet you he goes higher than people think.”
The NFL guru then added, “They love his competitive spirit. They love all the skills that he brings, the flexibility that he provides. He’s drawn comparisons to Drew Brees, Russell Wilson.”
To see Schefter’s full comments, check out the Twitter video below.
Adam Schefter on Baker Mayfield as NFL prospect:
— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) December 10, 2017
There you have it. I’ve been saying it for weeks. Baker Mayfield is not hurting his NFL Draft stock with the faux overreacting media outrage over crotch grabs and flag plants. Sorry, folks.
Considering the quarterback position is the most important in the sport, and the fellow first rounders Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen have their own flaws, why not Mayfield? The biggest concern is his size, but that myth has been debunked by the likes of Wilson, Brees and others.
Of course, another concern would be going from a Big 12 offense to a pro-style system, something not many quarterbacks have done effectively in recent years. Former Baylor QB Bryce Petty is in Year 3 and the Jets still don’t feel comfortable giving him consistent reps. The New York Giants are afraid to start Davis Webb (Cal, but Sonny Dykes’ Big 12 system). The list goes on, but those are the two that come to my mind at the moment.
But Mayfield’s biggest asset? He’s been counted out for most of his football life. Walking on twice and going on to win the Heisman. And here’s some proof as to why he’s had this kind of success.
When no one is watching, what are you doing? You don’t get to New York without work.
— Cole Smith (@OU_ColeSmith) December 10, 2017
And once Mayfield starts meeting with teams, I firmly believe they will love him even more. His humble confidence, that shows on the field with a bit more swagger, will become even more evident in the meeting rooms with general managers and scouts.