Baker Mayfield says he will not attend NFL draft

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A year ago, the No. 1 overall pick, Myles Garrett, stayed in his hometown of Arlington, Texas, rather than attend the NFL draft in Philadelphia. This year the draft is in Arlington, and one of the draft’s top prospects won’t be attending.

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was in Fort Worth on Monday night to pick up the Davey O’Brien Award, and during a round of interviews, the Heisman Trophy winner told Newy Scruggs of DFW’s NBC5 that his draft-day plans do not include AT&T Stadium.

Mayfield would have served as the headliner of draft week.

It is not unprecedented for a top quarterback prospect to stay home for the draft, though most usually attend. The top quarterbacks in 2015, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, chose not to attend. Winston went first overall, and Mariota was the second choice.

51 responses to “Baker Mayfield says he will not attend NFL draft

  1. I may be in the minority, but I think Mayfield is the best QB of this draft. If he can mature, I think he’s going to be a really good NFL QB.

  2. Zero benefit for a player to attend. If he’s picked high as expected so what, he can enjoy that just as much at home. But drop and look like Brady Quinn or others and suffer hours of discomfort and TV cams shoved in your face while people laugh at your discomfort.

    Stay at home = win
    Attend = lose

  3. What is the upside to going other than some fancy gift bags? The downside if you slide a bit is freaking huge. Nobody should go unless they’re getting huge bank to do it.

  4. NFL needs to put out some cash for these kids to attend. $50,000 for potential first rounders. then you’ll see them all show up.

  5. harrisonhits2 says:
    February 19, 2018 at 8:19 pm
    Zero benefit for a player to attend. If he’s picked high as expected so what, he can enjoy that just as much at home. But drop and look like Brady Quinn or others and suffer hours of discomfort and TV cams shoved in your face while people laugh at your discomfort.

    Stay at home = win
    Attend = lose
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    Not only Attend=lose, but the whole nation gets to see you bomb on national TV.
    Ala Brady Quinn.

  6. magnumpimustache says:
    February 19, 2018 at 8:34 pm
    How is the Baker Mayfield potential any different than a Drew Brees or Russell Wilson.

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    The offenses they played in are totally different. Mayfield played in a offense in which you don’t use your progressions like you do in the pros. He isn’t either of those guys who played in closer to pro styles in college. Mayfield also has lesser arm strength and seems to be more of a hot head. Other then height they don’t really compare. Lots of OU QBs had great years only to be nothing in the pros. They are system QBs.

  7. Why would anyone attend that clown show?

    I dunno, toe the company line of an organization that makes you a multi-millionaire overnight? Garner favor with an organization that has a tendency to dole out punishment unevenly and without guidelines?

  8. Your username is the truth???? Hahahahahaha the truth is that franchise is a joke and has been a joke since jimmy johnson. Can’t wait to see ol’ leatherface’s look when Goodell says ‘and with the 32nd pick, the WORLD CHAMPION Philadelphia eagles select….’

    The Truth says:
    February 19, 2018 at 8:26 pm
    This is the guy the Cowboys need to draft to reagain their swagger

  9. Which QB was it who was expected to be a top pick and kept being passed over while he sat at that table alone, and then wasn’t selected in the first day? They invited him back for day too, but he didn’t come back. No one wants to sit there with the camera on them while the talking heads keep bringing up the fact that he has yet to be picked while entering the drop as a top ten prospect. No one wants to sit through that embarrassment. I don’t blane Mayfield at all.

  10. magnumpimustache says:
    February 19, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    How is the Baker Mayfield potential any different than a Drew Brees or Russell Wilson.

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    Because Brees and Wilson were first class citizens in college, whereas Mayfield is a first-class jerk.

  11. i wish more players would skip it. The fact that they turned this into a 3 day event is a joke. A bunch of “experts” talking about what is a good or bad pick when even the guys qualified enough to be in the war room are wrong more often than not. If we keep watching this crap they will start televising the living rooms of free agents for 30 days. Put this garbage on cspan 3, it certainly shouldn’t be classified as sports

  12. Why would anyone attend that clown-show?
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    I have no idea why anyone would call the Draft a clown show. It’s an important day for all 32 teams and impacts the lives of over a whole class of players. There will be some surprises and a fair amount of tension. The media adds silly stories and distractions to an otherwise important NFL event.

  13. Can’t think of a better mentor for this kid than Drew Brees. There have got to be a lot of tricks of the trade that Brees has learned over the years to minimize the “short QB” handicap.

  14. He may not want to attend to avoid having the cameras pick up his reactions as he falls like an avalanche down the ladder.
    Baker has shown some very questionable behavior lately, and I sense that he may get his payback at the draft.

  15. uckyBadger says:
    February 19, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    magnumpimustache says:
    February 19, 2018 at 8:34 pm
    How is the Baker Mayfield potential any different than a Drew Brees or Russell Wilson.

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    The offenses they played in are totally different. Mayfield played in a offense in which you don’t use your progressions like you do in the pros. He isn’t either of those guys who played in closer to pro styles in college. Mayfield also has lesser arm strength and seems to be more of a hot head. Other then height they don’t really compare. Lots of OU QBs had great years only to be nothing in the pros. They are system QBs.

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    I’m calling BS. Drew Brees played in a spread offense under Joe Tiller at Purdue. The spread is far from a stereotypical pro-style offense. And the only year Wilson played in a true pro-style offense was his one year at Wisconsin. Wilson ran a ton of RPOs in college. Give me a break. Say what you want about OU QBs…but Bradford’s issue was never talent, it’s been durability. Besides, Lincoln Reilly and Bob Stoops are not the same coach, i.e. the system may be similar, but not identical

  16. If the Browns take Mayfield, and passed on Wentz, theyre even worse than I thought.

    I really have no confidence that Mayfield can turn into Drew Brees. Brees is by far the exception. Hard for a guy that’s 6’1 to throw over 6’7″ players and 6’4″ defenders with their hands in the air.

  17. greenwhodat26 says:

    February 19, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    Noodle arm, with no pocket awareness. Big. Fat. Bust.
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    Clearly you’ve never watched film on Mayfield. His eyes are always downfield, he goes through all his progressions, and he can make all the throws. Throw in his moxie and and you’ve got yourself a franchise QB.

  18. bigugly2005 says:
    February 20, 2018 at 11:02 am
    greenwhodat26 says:

    February 19, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    Noodle arm, with no pocket awareness. Big. Fat. Bust.
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    Clearly you’ve never watched film on Mayfield. His eyes are always downfield, he goes through all his progressions, and he can make all the throws. Throw in his moxie and and you’ve got yourself a franchise QB.
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    I watched him when he was a whining baby at Texas Tech and a straight-up jerk at OU. He was a good college QB. He’ll he’ll hammered in the NFL!

    Words and character do matter!

  19. Noodle arm? This guy had the most efficient passing season in college history. TWICE. Most accurate downfield passer in history. Questionable behavior lately…What, winning the Heisman and the Davey Obrien award? Teammates love him..thats all that counts, not you armchair idiots.

  20. No biggie. Cleveland will pick Mayfield at the No.4 spot. Get Ready To Start Winning, Cleveland/Mr. Jackson 🙂

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