Gerald McCoy is one of the best players to ever come out of Oklahoma – both the state and the university. The former Sooner was a two-time first-team All-American, the third overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, and he’s been a Pro-Bowl defensive tackle for six straight seasons.
He also knows what it’s like to line up against elite quarterbacks. After all, he plays Cam Newton, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan twice a year.
McCoy’s scouting report on 2017 Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield? Mostly positive, with one notable critique.
“I think Baker was an excellent college quarterback,” McCoy said on Taz & The Moose. “From my diagnosis as a D-lineman, Baker has to improve on his progressions. He progresses, I think, a little slow for the NFL right now. But he has time to fix that before the draft, before the first preseason game. He’s got a long offseason. The season’s a long way away. It’ll hit him pretty fast, but that’s my only thing.”
Mayfield completed over 70 percent of his passes in each of his final two collegiate seasons, during which he threw for 8,592 yards, 83 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
“He has the arm, he’s smart enough, he’s definitely athletic enough and he has the will to win,” McCoy said. “But his progression – you got to get that ball out your hands in the NFL. He’ll learn that. He’ll learn it.”
While some scouts are scared by Mayfield’s stature – he’s listed at 6-1 – McCoy has zero concerns about that. Besides, height didn’t stop Brees from winning a Super Bowl. Or Russell Wilson.
“His size doesn’t matter,” McCoy said. “I’m not worried about his size. He’s going to find a way to make a play. But as long as he progresses, I think he’s going to be successful.”
Mayfield also apparently has something else working in his favor.
Said McCoy, “He’s a Sooner.”