Baker Mayfield, the new Panthers quarterback, will play for an offensive coordinator from Carolina who didn’t think highly of him when he entered the draft.
Although Ben McAdoo, the Panthers' offensive coordinator, was not able to coach in 2018, he still scouted the quarterback class that year and gave his opinions on them. McAdoo wasn't high on Mayfield.
McAdoo stated to the New York Post that he enjoyed Mayfield personally but felt Mayfield had major shortcomings, such as his height, athleticism and the offensive he played at Oklahoma.
McAdoo stated that he didn't see much pro-style football on McAdoo's college tape. McAdoo said, "If you're short, you have to be capable of making up for it somehow. Personality doesn't allow that." He wasn't a great athlete to me. He's a pocket quarterback with short hands and small hands. That's what worries me.
McAdoo ranked Mayfield sixth among the best quarterback prospects, after Josh Allen, Sam Darnold and Mason Rudolph.
McAdoo deserves credit in getting the first two correct: Allen and Jackson were the top quarterbacks in the 2018 NFL Draft, which was something that few other than McAdoo predicted. McAdoo believed Mayfield was a poor prospect. Darnold will be competing with Mayfield for the Carolina starting job.
McAdoo was clearly aware of Mayfield's feelings, so the two may need to work together to get things sorted out.