2. Pocket Presence
Baker Mayfield first started to win me over as a potential franchise quarterback when he went into Columbus and shredded the Buckeyes’ defense last fall.
The most impressive trait? His pocket awareness. He juked and jabbed confidently until he found open receivers.
The same should be true of his future with the Cleveland Browns.
When facing pressure against the Jets, Mayfield was 4-for-6 for 66 yards. He did have a fumble, but still earned a passer rating of 103.5 when under pressure, according to Pro Football Focus.
Quarterback pressures had been a huge problem for the Browns, and Taylor was stalling the offense, taking an unbelievable 13 sacks in roughly 8 1/2 quarters of action. As one of the NFL’s most sacked quarterbacks during his career as a starter, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Meanwhile, Mayfield was excellent in the pocket, posting a rating of 101.8 in a clean pocket, meaning he faced no pressure, according to Pro Football Focus. When he faced no blitz, his rating was 107.5, which is impressive, because that mean’s there’s more traffic to worry about in the secondary.