Report: Bills hosting Mayfield for pre-draft visit on Wednesday

Baker Mayfield is coming to Buffalo as part of his pre-draft tour with select teams around the NFL

Nate Geary
April 10, 2018 - 6:16 am

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According to Sports Illustrated, the Buffalo Bills are hosting Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield for their fourth pre-draft visit. ESPN's Josina Anderson has added that Mayfield is expected to visit with the Bills on Wednesday.

Mayfield has been busy since the combine and his pro day in March – having visited Cleveland last week and New York to meet with both the Jets and Giants over the weekend.

After hosting Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph over the weekend, the Bills are busy evaluating the top quarterbacks on the board before making any decisions about a potential move up the draft board.

Much like his Big 12 rival, Mayfield lead the Sooners to a 34-6 record over three years as a starter, tossing 119 touchdowns to just 21 interceptions. He grew as a passer in 2017; his senior season - throwing for a career-high 4,627 yards and 43 touchdowns, leading his team to a Rose Bowl berth against Georgia and the nation's top defense.

On the field, Mayfield’s accuracy numbers were off the chart, especially the last two seasons – just over 70-percent in both 2016 and 2017. 

Some of Mayfield’s critics will point to Lincoln Riley’s air raid offense with short throws near the line of scrimmage at Oklahoma as a main contributor to that high completion percentage, but according to Pro Football Focus, just over 19-percent of Mayfield’s attempts traveled at least 20 yards down the field – nearly double the downfield attempts of UCLA’s Josh Rosen. 

His accuracy and success rate from the pocket didn’t change under pressure either. Mayfield finished 2017 with an 111.6 passer rating under pressure, which leads every quarterback in the draft.

With just under three weeks until the draft, the Bills will likely line up a few more visits with the remaining quarterbacks.

Earlier this year, Mark Schofield and I discussed Baker Mayfield at length on our podcast, Intentional Scouting. Listen to it below:

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