The Chris Simms top 40 QB countdown, No. 21: Baker Mayfield

Chris Simms top 40 QBs: Baker Mayfield
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After a rookie season that put him close to the category of franchise quarterback, Baker Mayfield regressed to the lower reaches of the middle of the pack.

Mayfield comes in at No. 21, down four spots from last year.

The first pick in the 2018 draft arguably could have been higher in 2019. He easily could have been lower in 2020.

But his issues likely are fixable, tracing largely to footwoork deficiencies, a tendency to throw the ball too hard, and perhaps the extra pressure that came from an expectation to get the ball to receiver Odell Beckham, Jr., regardless of what the defense may have been doing to keep him from getting open. Simms and I addressed the various angles during Wednesday’s PFT Live, coming to the conclusion that given the supporting cast and the coaching change (new head coach Kevin Stefanski worked with many different quarterbacks during 14 seasons with the Vikings), 2020 should look more like 2018 than 2019 for Mayfield.

Whatever happened in 2019, Mayfield needs to turn the page on it and embrace a future that hopefully will see better accentuation of his strengths and better minimization of his weaknesses.

More from Chris Simms top 40 QBs list:

No. 40: Tua Tagovailoa

No. 39: Dwayne Haskins

No. 38: Mitchell Trubisky

No. 37: Justin Herbert

No. 36: Taysom Hill

No. 35: Jarrett Stidham

No. 34: Tyrod Taylor

No. 33: Jameis Winston

No. 32: Case Keenum

No. 31: Nick Foles

No. 30: Gardner Minshew II

No. 29: Teddy Bridgewater

No. 28: Ryan Fitzpatrick

No. 27: Andy Dalton

No. 26: Joe Burrow

No. 25: Drew Lock

No. 24 Jared Goff

No. 23: Sam Darnold

No. 22: Daniel Jones

5 responses to “The Chris Simms top 40 QB countdown, No. 21: Baker Mayfield

  1. As a Brown’s fan and watching Baker last season regress, surprised he is at 21. Would absolutely like to see him progress in this off season and become a top 10 QB. We as fans can hope.

  2. If Baker finds that chip that fell off his shoulder, look out! If not, he’s doomed to failure.

  3. Mayfield is lucky he plays for the Browns otherwise the criticism he would be receiving would be much worse

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