ESPN.com has ranked present Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield as its No. 1 school quarterback of the 2000s.
CLEVELAND — Editor’s observe: the video within the participant above is from Feb. 24, 2021.
Regardless of main the Cleveland Browns to their first playoff look since 2002 and first postseason victory since 1994 this previous season, Baker Mayfield stays a polarizing professional quarterback.
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However on the subject of his accomplishments on the school stage, there is no query that the previous Oklahoma signal-caller is without doubt one of the greatest to ever do it.
A lot so, that in a rating of the highest 60 school quarterbacks of the 2000s, ESPN.com’s Invoice Connelly ranked Mayfield at No. 1. Whereas Connelly famous that there have been different quarterbacks who put collectively higher single seasons — together with Cam Newton, Vince Younger and Joe Burrow — it was Mayfield who put collectively essentially the most full profession of the previous twenty years.
“It started with him strolling on at Texas Tech, shortly successful the beginning job and throwing for 413 yards in his debut. He misplaced his job to harm, then traded up, touchdown at OU,” Connelly wrote. “The Sooners hadn’t gained an outright convention title since 2010, however he led them to 3 in a row, with three top-five finishes and two CFP bids. His storybook profession ended with him throwing and speeding for 4,938 yards and 48 TDs, successful the Heisman and bringing OU to inside an eyelash of the nationwide title sport.
“He was so good that, regardless of non-prototypical dimension, the Cleveland Browns could not resist making him the No. 1 decide within the 2018 draft.”
To Connelly’s level, Mayfield had no scarcity of success throughout his time with the Purple Raiders and the Sooners, as he accomplished 68.5 p.c of his profession cross makes an attempt for 14,607 yards and 131 touchdowns. The recipient of the 2017 Heisman Trophy, Mayfield had a statue erected in his honor outdoors of the Gaylord Household – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium final yr.