Baker Mayfield
Baker Mayfield is EXACTLY who I thought he would be. I will not brag about calling Baker a 4th round prospect (Simpsons)

Dennis Green had a famous line when he was coaching. “They are who we thought they were”. IN this case, I’m going to use Denny’s line in regards to a player. Baker Mayfield is EXACTLY who I thought he was. I was mocked, criticized, and called a fool for my take on Baker Mayfield before the 2018 NFL Draft. I ranked him 4th on my QB board and gave him a 4th round grade. So far this season, Mayfield is proving that he’s exactly that. A 4th round prospect that never deserved to get picked first overall.

I will not brag about calling Baker Mayfield a 4th round prospect.

I will not brag about calling Baker Mayfield a 4th round prospect.

I will not brag about calling Baker Mayfield a 4th round prospect.

I will not brag about calling Baker Mayfield a 4th round prospect.

I will not brag about calling Baker Mayfield a 4th round prospect.

Look, I’m not here to gloat. I’m not here to brag. I’m just here to educate the public. I’m very good at scouting. I take it very seriously and my track record speaks for itself. In 2016, I told you that Carson Wentz was the guy you wanted. I was right. In 2017, I told you that Deshaun Watson was the guy you wanted. I’m kind of right. Patrick Mahomes is arguably better but Watson is one of the best in the business so I’m mostly right. Again, this isn’t about me. I’m not perfect. I was too high on Davis Webb. I shouldn’t have considered Cardale Jones a prospect worth a flier. Overall, this is about trying to educate you the fan. I feel it’s my duty. It’s why I produce content everyday. When I called Mayfield a 4th round prospect, you mocked me. Look who’s laughing now.

I will not brag about calling Baker Mayfield a 4th round prospect.

I will not brag about calling Baker Mayfield a 4th round prospect.

I will not brag about calling Baker Mayfield a 4th round prospect.

I will not brag about calling Baker Mayfield a 4th round prospect.

I will not brag about calling Baker Mayfield a 4th round prospect.

Mayfield currently has the lowest QBR (33.4) of any quarterback who has started 4 games this year. There are two quarterbacks ever that have thrown an interception in each game without multiple touchdown passes over the course of the first 5 games of the season. Mayfield and Geno Smith. OUCH. There are two quarterbacks this season who have attempted at least 20 passes in each of the first 5 weeks but have not recorded 16 fantasy points in any week in standard leagues. Mayfield and Derek Carr. Since getting handed the starting job, Mayfield has more interceptions than any other quarterback. Through 5 games of the 2019-2020 season, Mayfield is completing 56 percent with a 4-8 TD to INT Ratio. He’s exactly who I thought he would be.

I will not brag about calling Baker Mayfield a 4th round prospect.

I will not brag about calling Baker Mayfield a 4th round prospect.

I will not brag about calling Baker Mayfield a 4th round prospect.

I will not brag about calling Baker Mayfield a 4th round prospect.

I will not brag about calling Baker Mayfield a 4th round prospect.

I want to share an excerpt from my big board post. You tell me how accurate or inaccurate I was.

“Do you love the high completion percentage? Yes. Do you love the fiery edge he plays with? Yes. Outside of that, it’s hard to find a whole lot to like. Could he be the next Johnny Manziel? Absolutely, they both wore headbands at their pro days and there’s a lot to compare. Especially considering the Kliff Kingsberry connection. At the end of the day, Mayfield is a marginal athlete, with an average arm, who has questionable character. The Georgia game is the tape that tells the story (Senior Bowl was up and down…Click here!). If you’re happy with what you saw, by all means, roll the dice. The truth of the matter is when Oklahoma ran out of trick plays, Mayfield wasn’t nearly dynamic enough to carry his team on his shoulders. I would take a shot on Mayfield in the fourth round expecting that he can be a quality backup quarterback but he will obviously be off the board well before then. By the way, I wrote all of this and haven’t once mentioned the fact that he only 6-foot tall. That’s a distinct fact that has precluded thousands of quarterbacks from every having a shot to make it in the NFL.”

I tried to tell you this was coming. He looks a lot like Case Keenum. Air Raid quarterback that doesn’t look the same without Lincoln Riley. He’s not a dynamic arm talent or athlete. His height is causing some issues. Mayfield is a one read quarterback who relied on Lincoln Riley’s magic in college. Take Mayfield’s first read away and he looks clueless. I could have told you that just from watching the Bowl Game. That’s what he is in the NFL too. He’s also bad under pressure and makes bad decisions. It’s hard to come away from a different conclusion. Watch the games.

I will not brag about calling Baker Mayfield a 4th round prospect.

I will not brag about calling Baker Mayfield a 4th round prospect.

I will not brag about calling Baker Mayfield a 4th round prospect.

I will not brag about calling Baker Mayfield a 4th round prospect.

I will not brag about calling Baker Mayfield a 4th round prospect.

The warning signs were all there. Mayfield was playing way over his head with Lincoln Riley. The PFF analytics were such a joke. Don’t worry, they will get their bashing soon. Don’t give me the offensive line excuse either. Deshaun Watson doesn’t seem to have an issue working around it. His decision making is starting to become a problem. Mayfield is becoming a walking target in the NFL.

VIA NFL.com

“When Baker Mayfield, the Cleveland Browns’ brash second-year quarterback, refused to shake [Richard] Sherman’s hand at midfield just before the coin toss that preceded Monday night’s game at Levi’s Stadium, it triggered him — and many of his Niners teammates — in a profound way. …

“What’s amazing, and annoying, was him not shaking hands at the beginning,” Sherman said. “That’s some college s—. It’s ridiculous. We’re all trying to get psyched up, but shaking hands with your opponent — that’s NFL etiquette. And when you pull bush league stuff, that’s disrespectful to the game. And believe me, that’s gonna get us fired up.” …

“Respect the game,” Sherman said, referencing Mayfield’s pregame behavior. “You can have rivals, but pay your respect in that moment — especially when you’re young.

“He hasn’t earned anything in this league. How many games has he won? He’s acting like he was the MVP last year. If (Patrick) Mahomes did that, it would be one thing. But he would never do that, because he has too much respect for the game.

“And when you see a guy who doesn’t? You humble him every chance you get. Because eventually, he will have respect for the league — or he’ll be out of it.”

While not as expansive as Sherman, [DeForest] Buckner, a fourth-year defensive tackle playing at an All-Pro level, was similarly put off by Mayfield’s refusal to shake his hand.

“That can rub a lot of people the wrong way,” Buckner told NFL.com. “I guess it’s part of his game. Oh well.”

I will not brag about calling Baker Mayfield a 4th round prospect.

I will not brag about calling Baker Mayfield a 4th round prospect.

I will not brag about calling Baker Mayfield a 4th round prospect.

I will not brag about calling Baker Mayfield a 4th round prospect.

I will not brag about calling Baker Mayfield a 4th round prospect.

Mayfield has become a walking target. He’s going to get everyone’s best shot. That’s just the reality. Again, I’m fine with the fiery edge. All good with that. You gotta be ready to take it when it comes back around. It sounds like Nick Bosa stuck him in his back pocket and he’s not getting out anytime soon. Mayfield just doesn’t get IT. He’s clueless. He handled the Daniel Jones thing so wrong. He handled the Rex Ryan thing so wrong. I’m not sure how much better this thing gets. The NFL has tape on Mayfield now and they know what I’ve known this whole time. He’s a 4th round talent. Again, this isn’t about me. I’m not here to brag. I’m here to provide examples for why you should start listening to me. You’re only hurting yourself.