Baker Mayfield is quite possibly the most polarizing 2018 NFL Draft prospect. He had a stellar career at Oklahoma and is now ready to take his game to the next level. Unfortunately, the media doesn’t seem to believe that he has a chance to be a star in the NFL.
Statistics have been flying around showing that Mayfield is not as good as other quarterback prospects in this draft class. Names like Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, and Josh Allen have all been held above Mayfield. While in some areas those quarterbacks are superior, there is one area that Mayfield has been criticized where the statistics don’t match up.
According to a post from Pro Football Focus, Mayfield is actually better at tight-window throws than the rest of the quarterbacks in the draft class. Those statistics come after many analysts have claimed that Mayfield cannot make the tight-window throw at an NFL level.
2018 NFL Draft narrative busted!
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 16, 2018
Not only is Mayfield better than Rosen, Allen, and Darnold, he blew them out of the water with his percentage. Two of the quarterbacks who are talked about as being better tight-window passers are 8.9 and 15.9 percent behind Mayfield.
While this statistic does not show that Mayfield is a better all-around quarterback then the current top three, it certainly raises a question. Will NFL teams agree with media analysts? Also, are these media analysts being fair in their remarks about Mayfield or do they simply not like the way that he plays the game?
All of that being said, it will be interesting to see where he ends up going in the 2018 draft. Quite a few teams could use help at the quarterback position and many believe that Mayfield will end up with the Denver Broncos.
No matter where he goes, media scrutiny will follow. Hopefully, Mayfield will be able to prove his critics wrong and have a successful NFL career.