Quarterback Baker Mayfield’s play has propelled Oklahoma into the College Football Playoff. It’s also propelled him up draft boards.
Mayfield leads draft-eligible quarterbacks in adjusted completion percentage on deep passes, according to Pro Football Focus. Adjusted completion percentage accounts for dropped passes, throwaways and passes when the quarterback is hit while throwing. Deeps passes are any throws farther than 20 yards downfield.
Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield was the most accurate draft-eligible QB on deep passes this season. pic.twitter.com/5tTLfhUiHV
— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) December 25, 2017
Mayfield’s status as the top draft-eligible quarterback in deep accuracy means he ranks ahead of UCLA’s Josh Rosen, USC’s Sam Darnold and Wyoming’s Josh Allen. Rosen, Darnold and Allen have all been mentioned as quarterbacks who will be drafted ahead of Mayfield.
But Mayfield, of course, has shown he is accurate on practically every type of pass. He leads the FBS in completion percentage and also did so last year. After setting an FBS record with a pass efficiency of 196.4 last season, he has posted a mark of 203.8 this year. He also is second in the nation in passing yards and passing touchdowns.
Mayfield’s remarkable season culminated in him becoming Oklahoma’s sixth Heisman Trophy winner, among numerous other honors.
Mayfield will have the chance to put his deep-passing prowess on display Jan. 1, when Oklahoma faces Georgia in the Rose Bowl. The winner will advance to the National Championship Game. The Bulldogs have the nation’s No. 2 passing defense, so they will provide Mayfield a challenge. But it’s not anything he hasn’t overcome before.
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