Former Oklahoma quarterback and 2017 Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield revealed last month that he keeps a list of media members who have “crossed a line” for motivation.
FOX Sports radio host Jason McIntyre might just be the latest edition to that running list after his comments over the airwaves Monday.
McIntyre, during a segment of The Big League, said the Mayfield will be an NFL Draft “flop” if he is a top-5 pick, citing that Mayfield on amassed incredible stats only because he played “jokers” on a weekly basis.
McIntyre was particularly critical of the Big 12 Conference as a whole, calling it “arena league football” with “pathetic defenses.”
“Everybody wants to say ‘Baker’s stats were off the charts!’ Listen closely. Quarterback rating allowed out of 130: Baker Mayfield, Kansas — 129th. Tulane — 128th. Baylor — 119th. Are you getting the picture? Baker Mayfield amassed awesome stats against jokers …. You could be basic, but I am here to show you the ‘forest through the trees’ big picture. If you want give him to me at the end of the first round, I’m all in. In the second round, I love it even more …. If he goes top 5, he’s going to be a flop.”
So what about Oklahoma’s 31-16 win at Ohio State in Week 2 and the 45-point outing against Georgia in regulation? McIntyre claimed that Buckeyes’ losses on defenses from the 2017 NFL Draft and the extra time to prepare for Georgia made those games exceptions to the norm, and even suggested that Mayfield’s age gave him an advantage.
“Baker Mayfield did carve [Ohio State] up, but do you know what happened to Ohio State in the 2017 NFL Draft? Ohio State had three defensive backs go in the first round … so Ohio State comes out with basically a brand-new secondary … With a month off to prepare for Georgia, a good defense, Baker Mayfield killed them. He had a month to prepare. Good. Baker Mayfield was a 22-year-old red-shirt senior.”
Of course, we’ve hardly seen anyone in recent memory with a competitive edge like that of Mayfield. Nor have we seen many players with a bigger chip on their shoulder from continual criticism. For what it’s worth, Pro Football Focus’ analysis even suggests that Mayfield is better at NFL throws than any other quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft.
The 2018 NFL Draft is less than two weeks away, set for April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. If Mayfield does indeed go as a top-5 pick, it will only be matter of time until we find out if McIntyre’s prediction is right, or if three-time Big 12 champion quarterback ends up getting the last laugh.