Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield named PFF’s Offensive Rookie of the Year
When it came to Offensive Rookie of the Year honors, it came down to three guys who almost every other season would have run away with the award. After a slow transition to the league, Colts’ guard Quenton Nelson was dominant down the stretch and finished the season as PFF’s second-team All-Pro left guard. Giants’ running back Saquon Barkley was a home run threat every time he touched the football and finished with a top-5 receiving grade and rushing grade among starting backs.
At the end of the day though, what Baker Mayfield did as a rookie at the quarterback position was historic. Mayfield earned the second-highest grade we’ve ever given to a rookie quarterback but unlike Russell Wilson – the previous leader – Mayfield achieved that grade in a pass-heavy offense. His 531 dropbacks were 55 more than Wilson despite coming in three fewer starts.