There have been several dominant quarterbacks that have come through the college ranks over the past two decades, but according to Bill Connelly of ESPN, one stands above the rest.
This week, Connelly ranked his top-75 college football quarterbacks of the 2000s. And his No. 1 player was former Oklahoma Sooners star quarterback Baker Mayfield.
“Newton, Young and Burrow had the best seasons,” Connelly wrote for Mayfield had the best career,” ESPN wrote about the former Oklahoma Sooners star. “It began with him walking on at Texas Tech, quickly winning the starting job and throwing for 413 yards in his debut. He lost his job to injury, then traded up, landing at OU. The Sooners hadn’t won an outright conference title since 2010, but he led them to three in a row, with three top-five finishes and two CFP bids. His storybook career ended with him throwing and rushing for 4,938 yards and 48 TDs, winning the Heisman and bringing OU to within an eyelash of the national title game. He was so good that, despite non-prototypical size, the Cleveland Browns couldn’t resist making him the No. 1 pick in the 2018 draft.”
Obviously, Mayfield had a dominant college career, but it’s safe to say his professional career hasn’t quite been as successful after the Browns selected him with the No. 1 overall pick. However, he’s still in the league, most recently signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he will have a chance to compete for the starting role.