Baker Mayfield has had to endure plenty of lazy comparisons to Johnny Manziel, but Sporting News’ Bill Bender thinks his professional career might more closely resemble that of Colt McCoy.
Mayfield has tried to distance himself from Manziel, which inevitably come up because both players were emotional and outspoken in college. Bender says those are “bad criticisms,” because Mayfield doesn’t have nearly as many off-the-field concerns as Manziel, and he was more successful in college.
Instead, Bender said the floor for Mayfield’s career would be like another college great in McCoy. Not bad, but not elite either.
From Sporting News:
Mayfield has been compared to seemingly every quarterback possible. Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, Brett Favre all have been mentioned. Worst-case scenario? He turns out to be another Big 12 quarterback who goes on to an average NFL career.
Remember Colt McCoy at Texas? Same height, similar weight as Mayfield — and he had the same highly decorated college career. The difference? McCoy was a third-round pick who (like Manziel) ended up in Cleveland. McCoy is still in the league, but he’s a backup.
McCoy has been in the NFL since being drafted by the Browns in 2010. He has 25 career starts, most of them in his first two seasons in Cleveland. Since then, he has been a career backup in San Francisco and Washington.
Mayfield will be aiming to prove that the comparisons to Brees, Wilson and Favre are more accurate when he works out for teams at the NFL Scouting Combine this week. Quarterbacks arrive in Indianapolis on Wednesday and will do on-field workouts Saturday. The 2018 NFL Draft kicks off Thursday, April 26, in Arlington, Texas.
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