Baker Mayfield showed the football world Thursday night that he's not done quite yet. Leading the Los Angeles Rams down the field for a dramatic comeback win over the Las Vegas Raiders, the former first overall pick proved that he's still a capable quarterback.
Naturally, Colin Cowherd had thoughts to share on his Fox Sports program The Herd. Cowherd wasn't excessive in his praise of Mayfield, but stated the Oklahoma product had done enough to show he's a starting QB in the NFL.
"I wouldn't build my franchise around him long-term," Cowherd began. "But, I've also said from the beginning he is one of the 32 best people on the planet if you give him decent protection, put him in the pocket and throw a football. Absolutely one of the best people on the planet to do that."
Is Cowherd's commentary influenced unreasonably by last night's performance? Maybe, maybe not. Baker was certainly given an opportunity to run away with a starting job as a Cleveland Brown. In his four seasons in Cleveland, Mayfield cracked the top 10 in QBR just once. And more often than not, Baker found himself in the cellar among starting quarterbacks.
His tenure as a Carolina Panther wasn't much more successful, though a high ankle sprain may have impeded performance. To this point, it's difficult to prove Cowherd wrong. Under the right circumstances, Mayfield may still prove himself to be a savvy free agent investment over the offseason.