Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield will not be suspended following his February arrest. Instead, he’ll serve 35 hours community service, the school announced Thursday. He’ll also have to complete an alcohol education program.
Coach Lincoln Riley said Mayfield’s acceptance of responsibility and role as a leader played into the team’s decision.
“Baker has expressed regret for his actions and backed up his apology by being a model leader in our program. He has learned from his mistake and will continue to grow from it. The coaching staff and team has every confidence in him going forward,” Riley stated.
Mayfield enters the 2017 college football season as one of the year’s most high-profile players and a candidate for the Heisman Trophy. His NFL Draft stock is all over the map, and it’s likely to stay that way straight through next April.
Advocates for Mayfield will cite his timely playmaking ability and dual-threat skill set as the reason for a high draft grade, potentially as lofty as the first round. Opponents will argue he fits the profile a supremely successful college passer whose traits and physical limitations (size) will prevent him from becoming a viable starter in the NFL.
I have Mayfield as third-round prospect right now. He’s a fun quarterback to watch on Saturdays, but I’m not convinced teams will view him as a starter on Sundays. That said, there’s a ton of football to go before draft grades crystallize, and Mayfield will have every opportunity to prove his game is bigger than any physical measurable.