Ahead of April’s NFL Draft, Baker Mayfield’s scouting report on the field is largely similar to Johnny Manziel’s — a dynamic playmaker on the college level who put up wild numbers and collected plenty of hardware.
As for Mayfield’s off-field record, well, that’s also a bit too similar to Manziel’s for some’s liking. But Mayfield is assuring NFL teams he’s built to succeed in the NFL and not flame out to a spring league in a few years with more headlines on TMZ than ESPN.
"Whoever I’m playing for I’m going to be passionate about it,” Mayfield said Monday after collecting the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award (via Star-Telegram.com). “I’m going to strive to be the face of the franchise so you’ve got to be the guy on and off the field that people want to admire and see lead their team."
Lots of former @daveyobrien winners in Fort Worth to celebrate with @baker_mayfield6 tonight. From left to right: Don McPherson, Gino Torretta, Jim McMahon, Baker, Jason White, Brad Banks and Ty Detmer. #BoomerSooner
Before leading Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff, Mayfield was arrested in Arkansas for public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in February 2017.
That’s when his public perception went from a competitive, undersized QB with a Russell Wilson-type skill set, to the second coming of Johnny Football.
"I knew that after I got arrested it was going to happen," Mayfield said of the Manziel comparisons. "But you look at my track record before and after that, I've never had a run-in with the law. Never gone out of my way and done dumb things. A lot of things bothered me with that. I knew exactly who I was.