It’s no secret that quarterback Baker Mayfield thrives on criticism.
From storing screenshots of critical tweets on his phone to carrying around a “pretenders” sign, the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner — who led Oklahoma to three straight Big 12 titles from 2015-17 — has always sought to prove his doubters wrong.
So perhaps the latest development surrounding Mayfield and his critics shouldn’t be much of a surprise.
According to Sports Illustrated’s Robert Klemko, Mayfield is maintaining a list of media members which have “crossed a line” when it comes to critical comments about his personality or playing ability — all of which is used for personal motivation during workouts.
For all the success that Mayfield enjoyed during his run with the Sooners, he established himself as one of the most polarizing players in the game. Mayfield’s so-called “antics” during the 2017 season ranged from planting the OU Flag midfield at Ohio Stadium after the Sooners posted a 31-16 road win over Ohio State to a crotch-grab during Oklahoma’s rout of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. in November.
Some have questioned whether or not the drama surrounding Mayfield will affect his draft stock as the 2018 NFL Draft approaches. That hasn’t been the case thus far, with some pundits even projecting Mayfield to go as the No. 1 pick over the course of the offseason.
We’ll find out where Mayfield is headed in just less than a month when the draft takes place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas from April 26-28. If anything is for sure, some members of the media could be hearing a whole lot from Mayfield if he ends up making his mark for the better once he reaches the pros.