It’s no secret that former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is regarded by many as a polarizing figure.
The 2017 Heisman Trophy winner is praised by Sooners fans, while frequently taking criticism from media members and others outside of Norman, Okla.
No doubt about it, Mayfield is one of the most prolific and competitive passers the sport has seen at the collegiate level in quite some time. He finished his time at Oklahoma with 12,292 passing yards 119 touchdown passes across three seasons as the team’s starter.
Mayfield also raised concerns about his attitude in 2017 — ranging from an offseason arrest in Fayetteville, Ark., to his obscene gestures vs. Kansas, which resulted in him being benched for the opening series vs. West Virginia one week later.
So, with Mayfield’s collegiate career now behind him and the 2018 NFL Draft less than two weeks away, is the former Oklahoma star on the brink of a successful career in the pros? One former Super Bowl-winning quarterback weighed in on the matter.
Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman, who led the franchise to three Super Bowl titles the 1990s, showed both praise and some concern for Mayfield in a recent Q&A with the Dallas Morning News.
Troy Aikman weighs in on Baker Mayfield
As the case with many experts, both the good and bad sides of Mayfield quickly caught the attention of the former quarterback of the Cowboys. Aikman called Mayfield the “most productive” quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft class but also referred to him as the “most immature.”
“Baker Mayfield is the most productive guy in this group [and] a walk-on who won the Heisman, I don’t think that can be overstated enough. The question I have — and every one of these quarterbacks has questions… he’s the most immature. Can that part of him, which gives him the edge, hold it together and be the face of the franchise? I think a lot of that depends on where he ends up going as to whether it’ll be a good fit for him.”
Aikman added that he would put Mayfield ahead of Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen, who many experts have had as the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft. As for Mayfield’s destination, Aikman said what the New York Giants do with the No. 2 pick could influence where he ends up.
An analysis from Pro Football Focus concluded that Mayfield is better at NFL throws than any other quarterback in the draft class. If that holds true, Oklahoma fans can only hope that Mayfield’s career success resembles that of Aikman once he starts playing on Sundays.
The 2018 NFL Draft will take place at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, in Arlington, Texas from April 26-28. Mayfield is electing to watch the event with his family in Austin, Texas, rather than attend.