NFL Notes: Baker Mayfield, Bears, Buccaneers, Cardinals

Baker Mayfield

An NFC scout tells Bucky Brooks of that he doesn’t think you can compare Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield to either Russell Wilson or Tyrod Taylor because Mayfield just isn’t as explosive or dynamic.

“The lack of size and athleticism are major issues for me,” said the scout. “You can’t compare him to Russell Wilson or even Tyrod Taylor because he’s not as explosive or as dynamic. … It’s hard for a short quarterback to play in this league unless they’re phenomenal athletes. He has to be able to move around to find passing lanes and I don’t know if he will be able to move enough to succeed in the league.”

While Brooks previously had concerns that Mayfield could be a system quarterback, he now believes the Oklahoma quarterback has put himself in a position to be considered a legitimate QB1 by coaches and scouts.

After studying the tape from this season, I believe Mayfield has better arm talent than I originally suspected (graded as a B-plus in the summer; A-minus would be my current assessment) and is a more refined passer from the pocket,” Brooks writes. “He’s one of the best “catch-and-fire” tossers in the game, exhibiting a quick release and versatile delivery on rhythm throws. He has an uncanny ability to change ball speed and trajectory to work around pass rushers at the line of scrimmage or defenders in coverage. In addition, he will take a little heat off his throws to make it easier for his running backs and receivers to make plays on the move.




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