NFL DRAFT PROSPECT RANKINGS
Before I complete and update the rest of the NFL Draft Prospect rankings, I wouldn't to congratulate Baker Mayfield for beating the Pittsburgh Squealers in the Wild Card NFL Playoff game yesterday. I also wanted to jump back to August 11th, 2018 and tell Colin Cowherd that he is a pompous pig that shouldn't be on air with as much as that man actually knows about sports in general. In today's sports media climate, boisterous and loudly obnoxious idiots like Cowherd can sell to listeners who don't typically know the game of American football. This sad fact has led to people like Cowherd and others, to become famous being nothing but clowns that couldn't see what guys like Baker Mayfield were fully capable of. Take a look at Clown Cowherd's statements below.
"It is said "Football is a game of inches", when in reality it is a game of tenth's of a second. - Scout Trout
BAKER MAYFIELD COLIN COWHERD
After the 2018 NFL Draft, Baker Mayfield was belittled by Colin Cowherd, who i refer to as the pompous clown pig of the media sports world. I defended Baker, which at the time was read by a good 2 million people and I have never gone back to check the analytics on it, but if guys like Cowherd just left the sports media scene, I believe the world would be a better place.
What makes guys like Russell Wilson, Drew Brees, Fran Tarkenton, Michael Vick and Doug Flutie extremely hard to sack? Well, they all have or had extremely quick releases when they decide to let go of the football and all of them were known for being great athletes, while improvising with uncanny results. If you ask any defensive linemen, they would rather tee off on a 6'7 Osweiler, rather than a very mobile Baker Mayfield. I really think ESPN decided to leave all the boisterous clowns on board and got rid of guys who reported the facts like Brett McMurphy. Baker Mayfield actually looked extremely good if you know quarterback play and was able to deliver darts downfield accurately, even when having to get to his 2nd or 3rd reads. Most of his passes that were not caught were a timing issue with his receiver and or just through their hands, as seen on the wide receiver screen pass in his first preseason contest against the New York Giants. When watching Baker escape the collapsing pocket to pick up critical first downs, I am reminded of the great escape artist Doug Flutie. When I witness Baker Mayfield deal the ball quickly out of the pocket, I am reminded of Drew Brees. He has great athletics at the QB position, but is not a run first QB, as we seen in the game against the Giants. He will let the play develop and has a outstanding football IQ when it comes to play concepts and where, when and how to deliver the football to his targets. Baker was coached under one of the best QB coaches in all of college football in Lincoln Riley and can complete passes based off of reading the defensive coverage or manipulate you with one on one match-ups. This is why the Browns made an outstanding first round draft pick and for once, have two outstanding quarterbacks heading into the 2018 NFL season.
The fraction of a second timed in the 40 yard dash is crucial to where a prospect lands in the draft. Avoiding pressure comes at the same cost when evaluating QB's. A Fraction to late, the ball is intercepted, a split second early and it is 6 points. Adding to this further, with the increase in speed off the edge we have witnessed, it also avoids sacks or getting blasted at the QB position.