As NFL teams try to separate the strong group of quarterbacks available in the draft, one consideration is how a college player will adapt to the schemes that he might see in the NFL.
One way to approximate that is to look at how the quarterbacks fared against teams that had head coaches or defensive coordinators with experiences as NFL coordinators or with defensive position groups.
And that brings us to Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and the amazing statistical season that led him to win the Heisman Trophy.
According to an analysis by thedraftdatabase.com, Mayfield played against five Power Five teams that had coaches who fit that NFL coaching criteria – most among quarterbacks who could potentially be drafted in the first round.
Using the NFL passer rating formula, Mayfield's rating against those five teams was 124.2 with 14 touchdowns and three interceptions. Mayfield's overall passer rating against all teams was 137.9.
Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph had three such opponents and had a rating of 112.7 with six touchdowns and five interceptions. UCLA's Josh Rosen had a rating of 94.8 in three games with six TDs and two interceptions. USC's Sam Darnold had a rating of 87.3 in three games with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Wyoming's Josh Allen only played one opponent that fit the definition and struggled against Oregon with only 64 yards passing and a 28.5 rating.
To read the full analysis, visit thedraftdatabase.com.