NFL Draft: LSU's Joe Burrow to join exclusive club with OU's Baker Mayfield & Kyler Murray
In the 82 NFL Drafts through 2017, only three quarterbacks were taken No. 1 overall after transferring while in college.
But Thursday night, LSU’s Joe Burrow figures to be the third straight quarterback taken No. 1 overall after matriculating at multiple universities.
2018: Baker Mayfield (Texas Tech, OU);
2019: Kyler Murray (Texas A&M, OU);
2020: Joe Burrow (Ohio State, Louisiana State).
Before Mayfield, that list was short – Troy Aikman 1989 (OU, UCLA); Jeff George 1990 (Purdue, Illinois); Cam Newton (Florida, Blinn Junior College, Auburn).
Of those six, Mayfield by far led the pack in producing at their original school. Here’s how those QBs ranked at their first stop:
1. Baker Mayfield: With Tech in 2013, Mayfield started half the season and completed 218 of 340 passes for 2,315 yards, 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions. The Red Raiders were 5-3 in games quarterbacked by Mayfield.
2. Kyler Murray: A&M went 2-1 in the 2015 games that Murray quarterbacked. For the season, Murray completed 72 of 121 passes for 686 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also rushed for 335 yards, including 156 vs. South Carolina.
3. Jeff George: At Purdue in 1986, Georgie completed 122 of 227 passes, for 1,217 yards, four touchdowns and 15 interceptions. The Boilermakers went 3-8.
4.TroyAikman: At OU in 1984 and 1985, Aikman completed 33 of 67 passes for 483 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. But Aikman’s stats were marred by an emergency start at Kansas as a true freshman in 1984, when he completed just six of 20 passes with three interceptions. Aikman rushed for 93 yards in the four 1985 games he quarterbacked in the wishbone, before the infamous broken leg that spurred his transfer.
5. Joe Burrow: In three Ohio State seasons, Burrow played only in 2016 and 2017, both sparingly. He completed 29 of 39 passes for 287 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, backing up J.T. Barrett in ’16 and playing behind Barrett and Dwayne Haskins in ’17.
6. Cam Newton: Tim Tebow’s backup in 2007 and 2008 at Florida, Newton completed six of 12 passes for 54 yards as a Gator. Newton rushed for 113 yards at Florida.
The success of Burrow, Murray and Mayfield – Heisman Trophy winners all – likely means quarterback transfers in the future.