“Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is the best quarterback in this draft class.”
The reigning Heisman winner, Mayfield also concluded his Sooner career with the Walter Camp Award, Maxwell Award, Davey O’Brien Award and Associated Press Player of the Year honors courtesy of a video game-esque senior season. In 2017, Mayfield led the nation with a record-setting passer rating of 198.9, thanks in large part to an NCAA-best 70.5 percent completion rate. Mayfield’s 4,627 yards and 43 touchdowns through the air each ranked No. 2 nationally, as well, rounding out an effort that placed Mayfield “head and shoulders” above the other quarterbacks in the 2018 NFL Draft class.
“Nobody has hit the heights Baker Mayfield has hit during four seasons of college grading,” the PFF staff said, noting that Mayfield’s grades of 94.8 and 93.5 in 2017 and 2016, respectively, are the top two of any quarterback during the PFF era.
“Nobody has been as consistent. Nobody has been as efficient as he has, and his ticks all the boxes you want from an on-field standpoint.”
Of course, Mayfield does lack ideal size at 6-foot, but that’s largely the most notable knock of the top talent coming out of college football, but all of the other pieces are in place.
Unlike what an NFL franchise may be required to do with Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen or Josh Allen, Mayfield doesn’t need time to be built up; the pieces are already in place and properly constructed, and that makes him the top quarterback in this year’s class.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) March 1, 2018