Former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield gets plenty of Johnny Manziel comparisons.
Ryan Leaf, who was the No. 2 overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, doesn’t think grouping Mayfield in with Manziel is warranted. Leaf, a notorious NFL bust and was out of the league after the 2002 season, thinks of himself as the more appropriate comparison for Mayfield.
Leaf discussed his take on Mayfield on the “Ballers with Babies” podcast with Mark Willard, according to Bleacher Report, and the former San Diego Charger flop sees more of himself in Mayfield than he sees Manziel in the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner.
“I think, probably, the comparison with me is more appropriate [for Mayfield],” Leaf continued. “The highly competitive, borderline arrogant, angry individual. The biggest thing for me will be how he deals with failure. That’s where my downfall was, when things began to fall apart, how I was able to deal with that. When the media is on you, you play a bad game, your whole city is on you, that’s where we’ll see where Baker Mayfield is at. Right now there’s no evidence to back up that when things get tough, he won’t break.”
It’s difficult to say how Mayfield will deal with a suboptimal situation in the NFL. He is likely to go to a struggling franchise in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, but he’ll hopefully handle the pressure better than Leaf did.
Cleveland is one of the teams eyeing Mayfield with one of its first two selections. Although, Mayfield is confident enough to believe he can turn the Browns around.
Mayfield should know his future franchise when the 2018 NFL Draft kicks off on April 26 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TExas.
The post NFL Draft bust Ryan Leaf compares Baker Mayfield to himself appeared first on Diehards.