Where Baker Mayfield Ranks Among NFC QBs

With his trade to Carolina Panthers, Baker Mayfield is officially the quarterback of the NFC. With that comes a whole new set of regular opponents to face.

The move represents an opportunity for Mayfield to establish himself, as his new conference doesn’t have the same wealth of quarterback talent that the AFC does.

But how does the new Panther stack up against its NFC counterparts? Colin Cowherd smashed it on The Herd.

How Baker Mayfield Ranks Against NFC QBs

How Baker Mayfield Ranks Against NFC QBs

Colin Cowherd pits new Carolina Panthers QB Baker Mayfield against every NFC QB, including Dak Prescott, Jalen Hurts, Justin Fields and Sam Darnold. Will Baker excel in the NFC?

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

Colin’s comparison: “Dak’s the better athlete, he’s the more mature adult. Dak’s a winning player. He was a winning quarterback in college, he was a winning quarterback in the NFL. He may not be an artistic thrower, but I take Dak easy.”

Colin’s Pick: Dak Prescott

Jaylen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles

Colin’s comparison: “Jaylen Hurts is a more dynamic athlete. He also had a winning season in his first full season, and it wasn’t a good Philadelphia lineup.… He also led all quarterbacks with 10 rushing touchdowns, Baker had five in his career.”

Colin’s Pick: Jaylen Hurts

Carson Wentz, Washington commanders

Colin’s comparison: “Carson Wentz is the better player. They’re both reckless and impulsive at times, but he’s the bigger, stronger, better-armed quarterback.”

Colin’s Pick: Carson Wentz

Justin Fields, Chicago Bears

Colin’s comparison: “Justin Fields has better naturals, has a stronger arm and is a much better athlete.”

Colin’s Pick: Justin Fields

Daniel Jones, New York Giants

Colin’s comparison: “Daniel Jones has an accuracy problem. He’s got decent size, kind of athletic, but the other thing with Jones is that his touchdown passes have gone down every year, so we haven’t seen a lot and he might be plateauing.”

Colin’s Pick: Baker Mayfield

Jared Goff, Detroit Lions

Colin’s comparison: “Goff is a two-time Pro Bowler and has been to the Super Bowl. Jared is a little more coachable and throws a really, really deep ball.”

Colin’s Pick: Jared Goff

Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings

Colin’s comparison: “We beat Kirk Cousins, but he has the third-highest completion percentage in league history. … He might have a lower ceiling, but I know what I’m getting every Sunday especially with Kirk Cousins.”

Colin’s Pick: Kirk Cousins

Marcus Mariota, Atlanta Falcons

Colin’s comparison: “Mariota has never been able to stay healthy for a season. He is an average thrower and can be a little reckless with his body. Marcus has some talent, but you have to be there on Sunday.”

Colin’s Pick: Baker Mayfield

Jameis Winston, The New Orleans Saints

Colin’s comparison: “Jameis is a little too goofy for me. I think he’s talented, but he’s a six waiting to happen.”

Colin’s Pick: Baker Mayfield

Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals

Colin’s comparison: “Kyler Murray is dynamic and gets better every year.”

Colin’s Pick: Kyler Murray

Trey Lance, San Francisco 49ers

Colin’s comparison: “Bigger, stronger, more athletic and I think physicality matters in this world now and you need your quarterback to move a little bit off script. I don’t think he’s throwing a pretty ball yet, but I’m taking the gifts and rolling the dice.”

Colin’s Pick: Trey Lance

Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers

Colin’s comparison: “Every time Jimmy G is in a room, everybody likes him in the room. He’s been to two NFC championships, I saw him go to Green Bay and at the end of the game, he was passing better than Aaron Rodgers. He wins a lot of games, a lot of big games.”

Colin’s Pick: Jimmy Garoppolo

Drew Locke, Seattle Seahawks

Colin’s comparison: “They have some similarities and Drew has a good arm … Drew Lock has a completion percentage problem. They both have a chip on their shoulder, a bit cocky for my taste.’

Colin’s Pick: Baker Mayfield

Sam Darnold, Carolina Panthers

Colin’s comparison: “I’m not choosing, I need more evidence. I need a lot of evidence in the camp. I don’t answer that. So as of this morning, Baker is the 13th best quarterback in the NFC.”

Colin’s Pick: TBD

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