To say Oklahoma gunslinger Baker Mayfield has been elite throughout his senior season would be a considerable understatement.
Regardless of how you categorize it, Mayfield has had his way with defenses throughout the 2017 season, and done so at a tremendously efficient pace. For example, as Pro Football Focus noted, Mayfield headlines the nation with a 131.8 rating on quick passes, which consider passes that come within 2.5 seconds of the snap.
In short, if you pressure Mayfield, he torches your defense, but the same can be said when the Sooners star is given time to make decisions. On what Pro Football Focus calls ‘long-developed passes,’ which considers passes throw at least 1.6 seconds after the snap, Mayfield boasts a passer rating of 142.4, which ranks No. 2 in the nation.
Through 12 games, Mayfield as completed 110 of 171 ‘long-developed’ pass attempts for 19 touchdowns and only 1 interception.
Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield hasn't just been good on quick passes, on longer-developing passes (those thrown 2.6+ seconds after the snap), he has been lights out completing 110-of-171 passes for 19 TDs and just 1 INT on these longer-developing passes. pic.twitter.com/fyxNYtX4CT
— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) November 29, 2017
Such an effort follows suit with what Mayfield has accomplished overall throughout his senior season.
With the regular season now complete, Mayfield leads the nation with a 71.4 percent completion rate after connecting on 247 of his 346 attempts. Mayfield’s passer efficiency rating of 203.3 stands as the best in college football, as well, while his 4,097 passing yards and 37 touchdown passes each rank No. 2 nationally.
When each of the aforementioned is packaged into one player, you get an elite gunslinger, who stands as a finalist for the Walter Camp National Player of the Year award and the Heisman frontrunner.