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From two-time walk-on to Heisman Trophy winner, Mayfield's prospect snapshot is entirely unique.
He had few options out of Lake Travis in Austin, Texas, and decided to walk on at Texas Tech. Mayfield was pressed into immediate action and had 15 touchdowns. With no scholarship offer from the coaching staff and an uneasy relationship with coaches, Mayfield transferred to Oklahoma. He became the Sooners' starting quarterback as a sophomore in 2015 and showed steady improvement the past three years, culminating with his Heisman Trophy season as a senior. Mayfield completed 70.5 percent of his passes in 2018 with 4,627 passing yards, 43 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Preseason grades on Mayfield placed him in the middle rounds, but with each brilliant performance, doubts were erased and scouts came around to the idea of the Heisman Trophy winner landing in the first round of the 2018 draft. Mayfield is a snap passer with enough arm strength. His calling cards are competitiveness and above-average accuracy. His placement on throws outside the hashes allow only his receiver to make a play. He thrived against suspect Big 12 defenses, but his play didn't see a dramatic drop off vs. SEC (Georgia) or Big Ten (Ohio State) defenses.
Mayfield benefited from a strong offensive line, although the ability to improvise and thrive when facing the unrehearsed helps set him apart. He doesn't run a 4.5 40-yard dash but uses his legs and instincts to create. His super-competitive nature, which led to moments some teams viewed as immaturity, will lead to heated discussions in NFL draft rooms around the league.
Most general managers see the type of field general other players want leading the team. With his lack of size and sometimes unorthodox skill set, Mayfield is not be for every team, but he has the talent to be start in the NFL.
--Field Level Media