Scouting Report | QB Baker Mayfield – Oklahoma

04/04/2018
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Personal Background

  • Attended Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas
  • Walked on to Texas Tech in 2013, became the starter and won five games
  • Injured in the 5th game but managed to appear in eight games
  • Never offered a scholarship, so Davis Webb took over as the starter, then Patrick Mahomes
  • Transferred to Oklahoma as a walk on

Athletic Background

High school

  • 3-star rating from 247 sports
  • 25-2 record in high school

College

  • Big 12 Freshman of the Year (Texas Tech)
  • Heisman Trophy winner
  • Unanimous first-team All-American (AFCA, AP, FWAA, Sporting News, Walter Camp) 
  • Won the Maxwell Award, Davey O’Brien Award, Manning Award, Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, AP Player of the Year, and Sporting News Player of the Year 

Injury history

2015

  • Undisclosed shoulder injury (reported as shoulder fatigue)

Production

48 FBS Games

Pro Football Reference (career statistics)

  • Attempts: 1,497
  • Completions: 1,026
  • Completion percentage: 68.5%
  • Yards: 14,607
  • Yards per attempt: 10.6
  • Touchdowns: 131
  • Interceptions: 30
  • Rating: 175.4

Pro Football Focus (2017 statistics)

  • Adjusted completion percentage: 80.6% (1st)
  • Adjusted completion percentage vs. pressure:68.4% (4th)
  • Adjusted completion percentage vs. blitz: 77% (8th)
  • Deep pass adjusted completion percentage: 64.4% (1st)
  • Drop rate: 7.4% (15th)
  • Average depth of target: 11.1 (14th)
  • Led class in big throw percentage (7.58)

 

Film Reviewed

  • Baylor
  • Georgia
  • Kansas State
  • Ohio State
  • Oklahoma State
  • TCU
  • Texas Tech
  • UTEP

Measurables

  • Year: Redshirt Senior
  • Height: 6′ 0 5/8″
  • Weight: 215 pounds
  • Official 40 time: 4.84 seconds
  • Hand size: 9 1/4

Strengths

  • Dense build with average athletic ability overall, average quickness and balance
  • Swagger for days, competitor, confident in his play, and will back his smack talk up with a high level of play on the field
    • Willingly blocks for teammates and does not give up on plays (threw interception vs. Georgia and made the tackle)
  • Showed complete command and mastery of the offense
  • Moves through progressions quickly within the frame of the offense
  • Resets protection when blitzes show too soon
  • Knows where to start his progressions based on simple single- or two-high looks
  • Decent understanding of the pocket, how to manipulate it to get to an area where he can deliver the ball cleanly
  • Uses multiple, natural shoulder fakes, pump fakes and will take his support hand off the ball while scanning the field to get defenders to de-commit from their rush plan. It also opens windows for him to throw through
    • Forces defenders to get their hands up instead of rushing
    • Gives him a split second to escape the pressure
    • Can get aggressive defensive backs to unnecessarily jump routes
      • Only four batted passes in two seasons
  • Near elite play speed inside and outside of the pocket, plays much faster than measurables
    • Can slide in the pocket, quickly reset his feet and reacquire his target
    • Quick enough to escape the pocket, flash a stiff arm, and throw pinpoint passes outside and down the field
  • Can play inside and outside of the structure of a play
  • Can make throws from multiple platforms, with the ability to release from several angles on quick throws such as WR screens
    • Efficient mechanics and delivery. Delivery is compact, tight, efficient, and makes some of the most awkward throwing platforms/releases look effortless.
  • Accurate to all levels
    • Displays the ability to pass the ball accurately without a set base or being the proper position to release it
    • Does not lose accuracy or velocity when on the run
    • The BEST touch and control on passes in this class, specifically in the short and intermediate area
  • Possesses very good arm strength, has the ability to hit throws to all levels of the field with some of the best anticipation in this class
  • Decisive passer, confident in his throws and makes all of his decisions and throws with conviction

Weaknesses

  • Lacks the prototypical height of an NFL quarterback
    • Will hold on to the ball too long to find the perfect passing window because he is unable to see up over the offensive line
  • Mental processing
    • Lags against exotic defensive looks and defenses that show a lot of movement
    • Play calls and design were so good that when coverages changed post-snap, processing was also stunted
    • Changes in coverage looks post-snap will cause him to stick to his primary reads and disregard passes to the flats or underneath.
  • Field vision suffers with pressure
    • Will drop eyes with frontside pressure and take sacks
    • Dropped his eyes or yielded sacks when defenses sent delayed blitzes from depth
    • At times his footwork will become erratic, making it impossible to drive the ball deep
  • Gets locked onto his favorite target instead of working through progressions
  • Leaves plays on the field while searching for a ‘perfect passing window’
  • Fearless touch passer over the middle, which can put the ball in harm’s way
  • Leaves throws high between the hashes when attempting to drive it into the intermediate and deep areas

Overall

A lot of front office personnel and coaches will be turned off by the brash personality that Baker Mayfield brings with him, but I doubt his teammates have issues with how he carries himself. He is not only the most important player on the field, but he also backs up all off-the-field smack talk with inspiring play that rallies his teammates, organizations, and fans. He has the arm talent to be effective at all three levels, the ability to throw from multiple platforms and from different release points. While he may lack the ideal measurables for a 1st round quarterback, he knows how to manipulate defenders in order to find the very best passing window for his stature.

Due to the design of Lincoln Riley’s offense, Mayfield will have to adjust at the next level. His effectiveness pre- to post-snap will be something to keep a close eye on. Riley consistently schemed guys open for Mayfield. So when the design was not advantageous, Mayfield at times showed some issues. He held on to the ball for an extended amount of time, missed easy completion opportunities short, and locked on to primary route combinations. His effectiveness was also stunted when pressure was in his face, and he showed a tendency to drop his eyes and look for an escape route.

Overall, I have Mayfield graded as a 5.375, which is a 1st round grade, and I believe that he would fit a scheme that lightens the box with spread formations, moves the delivery points for him, and utilizes an abundance of play action passes to open up passing lanes and windows for him. Mayfield has the football IQ to have complete control of an offense, and putting a lot on his plate is not a bad idea. Opening the playbook to him will give him the confidence he prides himself on. But the organization must understand that he is going to make plays inside and outside of the play structure. Just give him the ball; he is a playmaker that the entire team will fight for.

 

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