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In addition to being the “Year of the Running Back,” this draft’s quarterback class is … well, stacked, to say the least. The top two picks are nearly confirmed to be UCLA’s Josh Rosen and USC’s Sam Darnold, unless something totally earth-shattering happens.
But what about after that? Who will be the next quarterback to be drafted in 2018? Enter Oklahoma University’s incredible signal-caller (and the most polarizing prospect in this class), Baker Mayfield.
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So, what makes Mayfield so polarizing? In short, two things: first and foremost, his gameday attitude. Secondly, and more intriguing of the two, the system he plays in.
First, let’s talk about his gameday attitude and overall presence. Some NFL general managers will undoubtedly love it. Some, of course, lie on the opposite end of the spectrum, and will undoubtedly hate it.
Football analyst and mock drafter Matt Miller of bleacherreport.com uses the word “gamer” to describe Mayfield and how he handles his gamedays. With a constant chip on his shoulder, Mayfield can come off as brash and sometimes even rude on and off the field.
However, many believe that the massive chip on Mayfield’s shoulder has helped him to become the player he is today. Mayfield is confident beyond belief, and is almost certain to get his teammates hyped and ready for every single game.
Had it not been for his arrest last offseason and his small stature, Mayfield could be the top quarterback prospect in this class. However, those two things are why analysts have drawn comparisons between Mayfield and former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Speaking of comparisons of Mayfield and Manziel, let’s move on to the system Mayfield plays in. Big XII offenses, like those that Mayfield and Manziel both played in, are usually incredibly gimmicky. Offenses like that simply do not work at the next level.
There is something about Mayfield, however, that leads many to believe he can transcend that stigma. Mayfield is a gamer and a winner, and the Browns need both of those things. If he can clean up his act just a bit, he could be the quarterback the Dawg Pound has been longing for.