Baker Mayfield focused on changing perceptions at Senior Bowl

Sheri Evans
January 28, 2018

Also like Manziel, he's had on-field incidents, too, such as grabbing his crotch as a taunt last season.

The offenses are limited in what they can do by Senior Bowl rules - and by so few practices together. He'll never make it in the NFL. I was really looking forward to seeing this guy up close during Wednesday's first padded practice and was a little underwhelmed, but, boy, did he change my mind on Thursday. "That's all out the window". And I think I made progress with my footwork under center, which has been the biggest challenge for me.

Mayfield's draft status doesn't hang in the balance here.

Mayfield didn't hold back when asked what the Browns would be getting if they turn in a card with his name on it. They gave Lynch a chance, but his return was cut short by injury.

"He just told me, you're stepping into a locker room with 30-year-old guys, if you're not mentally ready, it's going to eat you alive and I just took that into account", Allen said of that conversation after the 2016 season.

Former Penn State coach Bill O'Brien is also participating in the game, as he and his Houston Texans' staff are leading the South team. "You go to the (draft) combine, you get 15 minutes with them".

Mayfield may not be staying for Saturday's game.

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It's pretty hard, when you're in the running for it, to avoid the luster of the possibility of being the first-overall selection in the NFL Draft.

"It's a crapshoot", said Richard Bartel, who lasted just two National Football League seasons at quarterback, playing in two games for Arizona and now works with college quarterbacks.

"To see what I'm all about and see how I react to certain things", said Mayfield when asked why he thought the Broncos requested to work with him. "Family first, always. Doesn't matter what the situation is".

Baker Mayfield is a victor who carried Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff.

"Everybody wants to portray the bad boy, the Johnny Manziel stuff, but I love the game of football", Mayfield said. "(I) came down here to play the game and show them that I love playing". Three players on defense stuck out to me Tuesday. A February arrest, him planting the Oklahoma flag at Ohio State's 50-yard line and his infamous crotch grab all helped create that image. "It's a process. I know I'm not a flawless quarterback".

"He's a guy that competes, comes out here and throws the ball very well, got a strong arm, he throws with good anticipation".

That will make the task of slowing Mayfield, who completed 285-of-404 passes for 4,627 yards, 43 touchdowns and just six interceptions this season, that much more challenging.

Allen's numbers dipped as a fourth-year junior after many of Wyoming's other offensive playmakers left. "We got some complex things that we do".

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