As we creep closer to the 2018 NFL Draft, we’ve been looking at all of the top quarterback prospects likely to go in the first round. Today’s prospect is Oklahoma Sooners quarterback and 2017 Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield.
Mayfield is from Austin, Texas, which makes him the only QB we’ve looked out from somewhere other than California. Mayfield went to Lake Travis High School in Austin and was the starting quarterback there for two seasons.
In his two seasons at the helm, Lake Travis went 25-2 and won the 2011 Texas State Championship. Mayfield finished high school with 6,255 passing yards, 67 touchdowns, and only eight interceptions.
Despite his impressive high school resume, Mayfield was only listed as a three-star recruit and didn’t accept a scholarship to play football. Instead, he decided to become a walk-on at Texas Tech University. After an injury to Red Raiders starter Michael Brewer in preseason, Mayfield became the starting quarterback. He is believed to be the only walk-on true freshman to start at QB for Texas Tech ever.
After his freshman season, Mayfield enrolled at the University of Oklahoma because of scholarship issues as well as feeling like further competition for the starter’s role was unfair. He thought he had earned the clear-cut starting QB position.
Mayfield became a walk-on at Oklahoma and became the starter once he was eligible after sitting out a year. Mayfield went on to start for the next three years at Oklahoma and totaled 14,320 passing yards, 129 touchdowns, and 29 interceptions combined between Oklahoma and Texas Tech.
In February of 2017 Mayfield was arrested in Arkansas for public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Police said that Mayfield was “causing a scene” when officers tried to speak with him. Mayfield pleaded not guilty to all charges. He also completed University-ordered community service and an alcohol education program.