Some NFL teams didn’t like the attitude they saw from Baker Mayfield at the Senior Bowl in January.
According to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, Mayfield’s personality surprised a few teams. While many draft prospects try to be very polished during the draft process, Mayfield apparently didn’t do that, opting instead to be his typical self.
The Heisman winner’s talent was on display in Mobile. So too were his personality quirks. And those turned off some teams, who are accustomed to seeing most players put on their best face for the draft process. Mayfield remained the edgy kid he was in Norman, with what one scout called an “I am what I am” attitude. Some teams will like that. Others will not.
Mayfield was known for his brash personality and on-field antics during his time at Oklahoma. He planted the Oklahoma flag at midfield after beating Ohio State. He told Baylor players he was their “daddy” and said he was going to spank them. He wore a Texas Tech t-shirt calling him a “traitor” before lighting up the Red Raiders last season. And he had some obscene taunts for the Kansas Jayhawks that eventually led to a brief suspension.
That attitude is what endeared him to Oklahoma fans and made him the kind of player other fans loved to hate. It appears that he won’t be toning down that boldness for teams during the draft process.
Despite the concerns Mayfield off-the-field, he’s still consistently been projected as a top-10 pick lately. Mayfield has also tried to fight the comparisons to Johnny Manziel, comparisons that many NFL scouts think are ridiculous anyway.
He’ll get the chance to alleviate those concerns even more at the NFL Combine this week, and at Oklahoma’s pro day on March 14.