Baker Mayfield thinks he will convince NFL executives that he’s worthy of a high draft pick, but he’s not overly concerned about changing their minds if they don’t like him.
In this week’s Sports Illustrated cover story by Jack Dickey, Mayfield talked about what NFL scouts and general managers think about him. It’s a question that has come up recently after his controversial outburst against Kansas in Week 12.
Is this the man you want as your quarterback? That is the question being asked by a number of pundits these days, and in a few months, the same question will be asked with greater consequence by NFL general managers. Mayfield expects to win them over, “but if I don’t, so be it,” he says.
Mayfield’s off-the-field antics have drawn comparisons to former Heisman winner and first-round pick Johnny Manziel. Mayfield told SI he prefers to be compared to Drew Brees or Russell Wilson. Like those two Super Bowl champions, he’s a smaller quarterback, but he has great arm strength and is known for his leadership abilities.
Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley chose another popular comparison: Brett Favre.
“I feel like Baker’s a little bit more efficient [than Favre], I don’t think he’s as much of a gunslinger, he won’t have as many mistakes,” Riley told SI. “But the flamboyant plays, the way they lead, their arms, they remind me a lot of each other.”
Mayfield’s next change to impress NFL decision-makers will come Saturday in the Big 12 Championship Game against TCU. The Sooners and the Horned Frogs kick off at 11:30 a.m. CT on FOX.
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