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NFL team reportedly hired private investigator to follow Baker Mayfield

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Baker Mayfield is one of the most polarizing prospects in this year’s deep quarterback draft class, and at least one team is not going to take a chance on the former Oklahoma star without knowing exactly what is going on in his personal life.

Robert Klemko of The MMQB reports that one NFL team hired a private investigator to tail Mayfield around recently, and Mayfield was tipped off about it.

Later on Tuesday, Mayfield received an alert from a trusted source that he had a tail in Norman. A private investigator, he was told, was tracking his movements on behalf of a team. The MMQB was unable to verify the identity of that team, but it should come as no surprise that any NFL franchise considering a (minimum) four-year commitment and tens of millions of dollars to a 22-year-old might like to know how he spends nights near his old stomping grounds.

There’s no denying Mayfield’s play-making ability, but his character has been called into question because of a public intoxication arrest last year and some questionable decisions he has made before, during and after games. One of the most noteworthy was when he went out of his way to taunt Ohio State after an Oklahoma upset win over the Buckeyes.

While teams probably aren’t hiring private investigators to follow every draft prospect they are interested in, the practice is hardly unheard of.

H/T The Spun

10 biggest takeaways from the NFL Combine

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The NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis has concluded, leaving teams with a much better idea about draft prospects. Some players excelled in drills and interviews, while others had more mixed results. There was a lot to be learned from this year’s crop of players. Here are ten big developments from the Combine.

1) Saquon Barkley set himself apart

It looks as if there is now a very real chance that Barkley could become the first running back to go first overall since Ki-Jana Carter, another Penn State back, in 1995. Barkley dominated his Combine workout with a 4.40 40-yard dash and a 41-inch vertical, and now looks like a very real option for the Browns at No. 1. He was already the top running back in the class and viewed as a potential top pick, but we’ve gone from talking about top three to top overall.

2) Shaquem Griffin showed why he should be taken seriously

Yes, it’s worth pumping the brakes on Shaquem Griffin. Even now the UCF linebacker still likely a day three prospect. He won’t go in the first round, or the second, and probably not even the third. Still, he ran a 4.38 40-yard dash, put up 20 reps at the bench press, and oh, by the way, did it all with one hand. He’s a great, great story, and teams looking for a potential diamond in the rough during the mid-to-late rounds of the draft would do well to look his way.


Baker Mayfield declares himself most accurate QB in draft ‘by far’

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Baker Mayfield probably isn’t going to be the first quarterback selected in the 2018 NFL Draft, but he is confident any team that overlooks him will be missing out on the best passer in the class.

While speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis over the weekend, Mayfield declared himself the most accurate quarterback “by far” in the upcoming draft.

The claim isn’t as outrageous as it may seem. As one person pointed out on social media, Mayfield has the two best seasons in NCAA history for passing efficiency.

Based on some of the information that has surfaced during the combine, it sounds like Mayfield’s stock could be improving. He’s probably still not going to be chosen ahead of Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen or Josh Allen, but there’s a growing sense that he will be taken in the first round along with the others.

Report: Baker Mayfield impressed during Combine interviews

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Baker Mayfield may have reportedly answered some questions about his demeanor during interviews at the NFL Combine on Friday.

Mike Jones of USA Today reported that Mayfield was very impressive in interviews with teams, with one executive full of praise for the former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback.

Mayfield has faced some unflattering comparisons to Johnny Manziel because of his demeanor, and teams were definitely looking forward to the chance to talk to him to get a read on him. It sounds like those who did have come away impressed, which should only help him ahead of next month’s NFL Draft.

It’s worth noting, however, that Manziel aced his interview process as well. Teams will certainly be aware of that and take Mayfield’s interviews in context.

Baker Mayfield downplays Manziel comparisons, calls himself best QB in draft

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Baker Mayfield certainly cannot be accused of lacking in confidence.

The Oklahoma quarterback spoke to media at the NFL Combine on Friday, and he called himself the best quarterback in the draft in a series of remarks that bordered on cockiness.

Mayfield even compared himself specifically to other quarterbacks — and argued against the notion that he’s too cocky.

It’s all in the eye of the beholder. He’s certainly shown off his confidence in other ways, and perhaps some teams will be both intrigued and wary of his talk. It will ultimately come down to whether he can back it up — if he can do that, nobody’s going to be too bothered, but if he can’t live up to his own hype, a lot of people are going to jump on him.

Baker Mayfield confidently predicts he can turn around Browns

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While it remains to be seen how physical tools grade out, Baker Mayfield may well be the most confident quarterback in this year’s draft class.

Speaking to reporters at the NFL Combine on Wednesday, Mayfield said that he was firm in his belief that he alone can fix the Cleveland Browns.

Mayfield’s definition of “close” must be a bit loose given that Cleveland is coming off an 0-16 season and haven’t had the chance to upgrade their roster yet. Either way, it remains to be seen how Mayfield’s steady confidence will play among teams looking to draft him. It may have to move the Browns, who reportedly haven’t fallen in love with any of this year’s quarterback class.

Sean McVay calls Baker Mayfield ‘impressive’

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Sean McVay is a fan of Baker Mayfield.

The Los Angeles Rams head coach met the Heisman Trophy winner at the Super Bowl earlier this month, but they spent a little more time together this week. Coincidentally, the two were on the same flight Tuesday to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. McVay spotted Mayfield and called him over to sit next to him. The two ended up talking, with McVay sharing some advice for Mayfield ahead of his big week meeting with teams.

McVay had nothing but positive things to say about Mayfield when talking with ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez on Wednesday.

“You can see he understands football; he’s put good stuff on tape for the last handful of years,” McVay said. “His resume speaks for itself.”

McVay also called Mayfield “an impressive guy” and “very likable.”

Mayfield has received some criticism and even comparisons to Johnny Manziel, likely due to his trash-talking ways and sometimes questionable behavior. But an endorsement from McVay should go a long way.

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