Former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield raises several concerns for NFL teams.
His Arkansas arrest and sideline incident at Kansas still haunt the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner. But when it comes to football, Mayfield is as fine-tuned throwing as he is understanding schemes.
A recent Sports Illustrated piece examined the Sooners quarterback’s football IQ. It’s no surprise his coach, Lincoln Riley, gave Mayfield’s football mind a glowing endorsement.
“He’s probably got more responsibility here than he would have with any NFL team he would go to,” Riley says.
“Some places do it where you hold up a board on the sideline and he tells everybody what to do and he doesn’t have any communication responsibilities, but he plays a larger hand here, a pivotal role.
“Mentally, he’s the best one I’ve ever been around, and I’ve been around some good ones. There’s not gonna be a guy walk in and process what this guy can process. That’s not gonna be an issue at the next level, regardless of the system or amount of verbiage.”
For someone who is often compared to Johnny Manziel, Mayfield seems to have a much better grasp for the game than “Johnny Football.” Manziel admitted he didn’t understand pro offenses or schemes as well as he should have coming out of Texas A&M.
For Mayfield, that won’t be an issue.
The Sooners quarterback seems to be a lock as a first-round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, which is scheduled for April 26-28. Mayfield might not be the first quarterback taken in the draft, but his stock has improved this offseason.
For more on Mayfield and his football IQ, visit Sports Illustrated.