Panthers offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo didn’t think much of Baker Mayfield in the draft

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New Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield will be playing for an offensive coordinator in Carolina who didn’t think much of him when he was entering the draft.

Panthers offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo was out of coaching in 2018, but he still scouted that year’s quarterback class and offered his own assessments of the prospects. And McAdoo was not high on Mayfield.

McAdoo told the New York Post that while he liked Mayfield personally, he thought Mayfield had major drawbacks, including his height, his athleticism, his hand size, and the offense he played in at Oklahoma.

“I didn’t see a lot of pro-style football in his college tape,” McAdoo said. “And if you’re short you have to be able to make up for it some way, somehow, and personality doesn’t do that. I didn’t think he was a great athlete. This guy is kinda like a pocket quarterback that is short and with small hands, that’s what I worry about.”

Although Mayfield went first overall in the 2018 NFL draft, McAdoo ranked him as the sixth-best quarterback prospect, behind Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen and Mason Rudolph.

McAdoo deserves credit for getting the first two right: Allen and Jackson did prove to be the top two quarterbacks in the 2018 NFL draft, and few people other than McAdoo saw that coming. But what will get all the attention now is that McAdoo thought Mayfield was a mediocre prospect — and a worse prospect than Darnold, who will now compete with Mayfield for the starting job in Carolina.

Mayfield is surely well aware of how McAdoo felt, and the two of them may have to smooth things over.

44 responses to “Panthers offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo didn’t think much of Baker Mayfield in the draft

  1. Not too many people think too highly of Ben McAdoo, either… so… there’s that.

  2. Baker could just ask McAdoo about HIS playing career. What kind of quarterback was HE. Sure are a lot of experts out there who have never taken a snap worth a darn. McAdoo goes anywhere new New York he gets boo’d.

  3. Are we allowed to update our opinion of an athlete after playing in the league for multiple seasons or are we always going to be held to our first take?

  4. What would be really concerning is if Ben or anyone else hasn’t changed their years old evaluations of that QB draft class.

  5. ” behind Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen and Mason Rudolph.”
    That tells you something about McAdoo and his scouting prowess

  6. This isn’t awkward. Two guys who are millionaires and no one knows why.

  7. Josh Rosen? To this day, I will never see what anybody ever saw in this guy. Dude didn’t even sound like an athlete.

  8. Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen and Mason Rudolph all had as many red flags as Baker in college. Allen definitely over achieved and Jackson only went on to win MVP. The rest will be forever backups with Mayfield and Darnold behind Matt Corral. At least you got your money.

  9. I’m shocked McAdoo still has a job in the NFL after the debacle in New York.

  10. Say what you want about McAdoo, but he was spot on with his assessments. Maybe Mayfield will spin this into his tiresome disrespect card for the umpteenth time.

  11. McAdoo showing that he still has a lack of social and situational awareness. These comments do no good when made publicly.

  12. Umm, no big deal..Happened a long time ago..different times, different situations, different people now…A lot of things change in 5 years.
    Moving on…

  13. Ben McAdoo is the guy that steals and eats your lunch out of the office fridge. No one has caught him in the act yet,but we all suspect exactly who it might be.(Why do you think he got fired in New York?)

  14. Lol. who thought it was a good idea to hire Mcadoo doo anyway because of his big success running an offense or his good smarts of benching future HOF Eli Manning for Geno Smith???

  15. Didn’t Baker give the browns their 1st playoff win in like 20 something years?

    Against the hated Steelers no less.

    And he played hurt last year and gutted it out. This dude gets a bad rap, and I’m a Ravens fan.

  16. So?

    I guess it’s impossible that McAdoo – or anyone else – could change his mind about a player after watching him for three or four years and have no problem working with him now.

  17. Mike McCarthy thought that Alex Smith was a better QB than Aaron Rodgers and was behind drafting Smith for San Fran.. They worked ok for a few years in Green Bay.

  18. Bob Mcadoo has no business talking about the talent around him – he makes terrible assessments- and I don’t get the hate on Mayfield- he’s better than many people are giving credit for and he did take Cleveland to the playoffs which is an amazing feat unto itself

  19. The Patriots’ coaches didn’t think too much of Tom Brady prior to the draft, or they wouldn’t have risked waiting until the 6th round to draft him. Then, it took an injury to Drew Bledsoe to get Tom on the field. That just turned into extra motivation.

  20. The Carolina Panthers is a place where if you don’t want your QB, they will take them off your hands.

  21. And then one of them took a dumpster team to the divisional round of the playoffs, while the other took a Super Bowl franchise to the dumpster.

  22. Ben McAdoo is one of those retread coaches who are just mediocre and will help neither quarterback.

  23. if it comes to this: who wins whatever “battle” ensues? The starting QB or the oft-failed offensive coordinator? If I were McAdoo, I’d try ASAP to smooth over things.

  24. How is the man still employed after that hatchet job in New York?

  25. realfootballfan says:
    July 6, 2022 at 4:22 pm

    Say what you want about McAdoo, but he was spot on with his assessments. Maybe Mayfield will spin this into his tiresome disrespect card for the umpteenth time.

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    Ummm… you don’t seem to be following the bouncing ball here “real”. The very obvious and lengthy discussion here is that he was WAS OFF with a good part of this particular “assessment” in viewing Baker less talented than three QBs who can’t even crack a starting line up much less win any games.

  26. Everyone knew Allen was the best prospect in the draft, so let’s not go crowning him on that one. As for Jackson, his ranking Jackson over Mayfield as a prospect proves McAdoo is clueless about evaluating QB’s.

  27. This shouldn’t be any more difficult than. “Hey Baker. Obviously I got my ranking wrong, psyched that you’re here, let’s get to work.”

  28. Arguing about about whether MacAdoo or Mayfield is more mediocre is like two bald guys fighting over a comb.

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