Baker Mayfield Skips Athletic Testing, Does on-Field Work at Oklahoma Pro Day

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 14, 2018

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield passes during warmups before the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game against Georgia, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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University of Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was a limited participant in the Sooners' pro day workout Wednesday at the Everest Indoor Training Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

The 2017 Heisman Trophy winner didn't take part in any of the athletic testing. He decided to bank on his results from the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, including a 4.84-second run in the 40-yard dash and a 4.28-second effort in the 20-yard shuttle, which ranked third among the QBs.

Mayfield's involvement Wednesday was restricted to on-field positional drills. While he delivered some nice throws, including a couple of picture-perfect deep balls to showcase his arm strength, it's unlikely his success during a scripted practice without any defenders will have a major impact on his draft stock.

The NFL provided highlights with analysis from Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks:

The 22-year-old Texas native, who started his collegiate career at Texas Tech before transferring to Oklahoma, is part of a star-studded quarterback class that also features Sam Darnold (USC), Josh Rosen (UCLA), Josh Allen (Wyoming), Lamar Jackson (Louisville) and Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State).

Most of the concerns about Mayfield are related to his flamboyant, sometimes divisive personality and whether that will successfully translate as the leader of an NFL offense.

Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman further detailed teams' concerns Wednesday:

The problem with Mayfield is not his cockiness. Lots of successful players are cocky. The concern some teams have is that Mayfield's cockiness is obscuring a soft disposition underneath. In essence, teams are worried about his mental toughness and maturity. What will happen when things go wrong? Will he pout? Will he melt? Or will he rise above it?

In the same vein, Pete Prisco of CBS Sports commented on Mayfield's workout attire:

Each front office must decide how much those alleged intangible issues matter in its final evaluation of the Oklahoma signal-caller. It's hard to ignore his playmaking ability when he starts whipping the football all over the field, though.

ESPN's Jeff Darlington remarked about Mayfield's throwing velocity:

Here's a look at some more highlights from Eric Bailey of Tulsa World and Sooner Sports TV:

After the workout, Jake Trotter of ESPN relayed the quarterback's comments about his stock:

All told, nothing happened Wednesday to change the perception of Mayfield or his intriguing skill set—he can sling it, plain and simple. His more important moments between now and the draft, which starts April 26, will come during face-to-face meetings with team executives.

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