Johnny Manziel shoots down comparisons between him and Baker Mayfield
Former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield lit up the 2017 college football season. However, his boisterous personality on and off the field has drawn him comparisons to troublesome quarterback Johnny Manziel.
As a result, Mayfield’s stock may have taken a bit of hit for teams looking for low-risk, high-reward players. Despite their similarities, Manziel acknowledged during an appearance on Pardon My Take that both players share a completely different mindset, according to Nate Ulrich Akron Beacon Journal:
“Me and Baker, I feel like have a really cool friendship, and I feel like he’s handling [the comparisons] the exact right way,” Manziel said. “He’s like, ‘Listen,’ and I’ll say the same thing: We’re completely different people. We have a similar background. We’re both from Texas. We both played Texas high school football, but he’s not me, and I’m not him. The way my wires are in my head and the way that I’m built and my makeup is completely different than Baker.”
It is easy to see why the comparisons between Mayfield and Manziel have been non-stop since the season started. Both are Texas natives that were considered relatively undersized to play the quarterback position. Despite all the scrutiny they faced in their perspective seasons, both players managed to win the Heisman Trophy.
That said, it is still a bit unfair to label Mayfield as a Manziel prototype as he prepares for the 2018 NFL Draft. Fortunately, the comparisons have not had too profound of an effect on potential teams. The Cleveland Browns have already acknowledged that they like the edge that both players had and are even considering taking Mayfield with one of their top picks in the draft.