Cleveland Browns: Comparing Baker Mayfield’s rookie year to other rookie QBs
By Mitch Zoloty
Baker Mayfield had a rookie season that no one across the NFL will soon forget. Want to know how great it really was? Here’s how the Cleveland Browns star compares to the rest of the rookie quarterbacks this season.
Baker Mayfield. The quarterback that some Cleveland Browns fans have been waiting their entire lives for. It’s clear that the team finally has its franchise quarterback, but how good is he really? Now that the season has ended, its time to compare him to all of the other rookie quarterbacks.
The Browns had the opportunity to draft any of the rookie quarterbacks this season, and many thought it would be Sam Darnold or Josh Allen that the team would take. Some thought it would be Josh Rosen, and some thought the Browns could potentially trade back and get Lamar Jackson.
However, John Dorsey pulled a controversial move to take Baker Mayfield, who to many was below Sam Darnold and Josh Allen on many expert’s scouting boards.
251 days later, the Browns finish the season 7-8-1. The team is 6-7 when Baker starts, and finished 5-3 in the last 8 games of the season, only losing to playoff teams. Baker has broken the rookie touchdown record, and the other rookies have given their teams hope too.
In comparing all of these rookies together, we are going to use a few different statistics. These are completion percentage, passing yards per game, passing touchdowns, interceptions, passing touchdowns to interceptions ratio, and yards per attempt. These six statistics will have the quarterbacks ranked on a scale of one to five, and having the lowest average ranking will show who the best rookie quarterback is.
Rushing stats like yards per carry, total rushing yards, and rushing touchdowns will be incorporated also. However, they will be worth half the value when determining the average ranking, since these aren’t really indicators on a quarterback’s talent. Now that we have discussed how the overall comparison will be determined, let’s get to the numbers.