Baker Mayfield as the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft

Laura Christensen
January 24, 2018

Coverage of Wednesday's and Thursday's practices begin on ESPNU/WatchESPN at 1:30 p.m. ET.

They hadn't actually met before that afternoon since Mayfield was a late arrival. Heisman Trophy victor Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma was not in attendance due to a "family situation", but is expected to be in town for Tuesday afternoon's practice (he'll be weighed and measured later). Mayfield was ultimately tackled hard into a wall by a police officer during the arrest. I'll do anything it takes to win. He has the measurables, coming in at a shade under 6-foot-5 and 237 pounds at Tuesday's weigh-in.

But while engulfed in a sea of reporters after Tuesday's North Team practice, Mayfield sounded self-assured and seasoned for the spotlight, insisting that he's unfazed by the inaccurate comparison between him and Manziel. And I'm a guy that likes to bring a hit along with me. "I'll weigh in tomorrow if it's that big of a deal".

The Denver Broncos and Houston Texans will coach the North and South teams respectively. "But I love the game of football, there's no doubt about that".

A horn blew signaling the 15-minute interview period was over just as Mayfield was asked specifically if he must prove to the Browns - who have the No. 1 overall pick - if he must prove to them that he's not Manziel, since they lived through Manziel Mania.

Mayfield delivered strikes to all levels of the field, zipping underneath passes to running backs and showing ideal trajectory on what would have been long touchdowns (despite tight coverage) to Boise State wide receiver Cedrick Wilson and Central Michigan tight end Tyler Conklin. He completed 70.5 percent of his passes for 4,627 yards with 43 touchdowns and six interceptions last season.

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Among the men, seventh-seeded David Goffin was shocked by Frenchman Julien Benneteau 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 1-6, 6-7 (4-7). Joining her on the sidelines was Briton's Johanna Konta who fell 4-6, 5-7 to American lucky loser Bernarda Pera.


Of course, some National Football League team will draft Mayfield despite the off-the-field drama and a perceived size problem.

Five players from Auburn, five from Alabama, and one from Troy all on hand to take part in the festivities. Allen said footwork and working on arm mechanics should fix the accuracy issues. So are the Jets missing out by not getting this kind of intimate evaluation of Allen and Mayfield?

Remember, the Jets will be able to get lots of time with quarterback prospects like Allen and Mayfield. Pumphrey showed Darren Sproles-like traits with his quickness and versatility; Penny certainly has the versatility (NCAA record 8 return TDs) but he's a much bigger and more physical back than Pumphrey. "Could have gone a little better but it was the first day".

"He sort of plays center field, he plays strong safety, he's very good at run support", said Savage, a former front-office executive with the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens.

"If John Elway asks you to be on his team, you don't say no", he said.

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