Tiki Barber: Baker Mayfield Is The Best QB In The Draft

Forget hand size and 40 times, Barber says; Mayfield has skills that translate to the NFL

The DA Show
April 26, 2018 - 12:15 pm

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The first round of the NFL Draft will unfold at AT&T Stadium on Thursday night, as teams hope to turn prospects into franchise cornerstones.

Unfortunately, many teams go about this process the wrong way. They become too enamored with hand size or 40 times or what a guy looks like in shorts and a T-Shirt.

Tiki Barber, on the other hand, just wants to know one thing: How do players play when the pressure is on?

“We don’t talk about that enough,” the former All-Pro running back and current CBS Sports Radio host said on The DA Show. “I say, ‘Did you perform?’ And the one guy who performed was Baker Mayfield – all the time.”

Mayfield completed 70.5 percent of his passes for 4,627 yards, 43 touchdowns and just six interceptions last season.

“Whether it was throwing into tight windows, whether it was completing completions on third down – which he did at a clip that was unbelievable – Josh Allen, Josh Rosen, those guys didn’t,” Barber said. “The same thing can be said for playmaking ability outside of the pocket. Who did it consistently? It was Baker Mayfield. All those other guys, there’s question marks.”

Allen, Rosen and Sam Darnold have gotten a lot of top-QB love from analysts and experts. Mayfield, by and large, hasn’t.

That’s a mistake, Barber says.

“These things translate,” he said. “These aren’t things that you just talk about. These are things that translate from college to the National Football League, and we discount them because we get enamored with nonsense. That’s what happens in the draft. I look for best players. The best player in this draft is probably Bradley Chubb. The second-best player is probably Saquon Barkley. The third-best player is likely Baker Mayfield. In my mock draft, I have those three going 1-2-3 just like that.”

While many fans and analysts believe the Browns will draft a quarterback with the top pick, Barber isn’t so sure.

“Everybody thinks the Browns are going to take a quarterback at No. 1,” he said. “They can get a quarterback at No. 4 and develop him because of Tyrod Taylor there already. So I look at this differently because I look at it from (the standpoint of), ‘Can you play?’ – not, ‘What do you look like in your underwear?’”