Baker Mayfield on Character Concerns: 'I'm Not Trying to Please Everybody'

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 8, 2018

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield throws during a drill at the NFL football scouting combine, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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During an appearance on NFL Network's NFL Total Access on Wednesday, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield shrugged off concerns regarding his character.

According to NFL.com's Nick Shook, Mayfield defended his personality and said he only needs one team to believe in him:

"I'm gonna be who I am. I don't think I'm over-the-top cocky, I'm just proud of where I came from. I'm proud of the fact that I had to earn it, so if that comes across as cocky to some people, it is what it is.

"All I need is one team out of 32 to take a chance. I'm not trying to please everybody. I'm just trying to play for one team and do it the right way."

Mayfield is widely considered one of the top four quarterbacks in the 2018 draft along with USC's Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen and Wyoming's Josh Allen.

Mayfield, who won the Heisman Trophy last season, was no stranger to controversy during his collegiate career.

Most notably, he got into some off-field trouble in February 2017 when he was arrestedin Arkansas for public intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and fleeing.

Mayfield later issued a lengthy apology on Twitter and called it the biggest mistake of his life:

On the field, Mayfield made headlines in 2017 for some negative reasons as well.

After a road win over Ohio State, Mayfield emphatically planted an Oklahoma Sooners flag on the Ohio State crest at midfield.

Later in the season, Mayfield made a lewd gesture toward the Kansas bench, which resulted in a benching to start the following game.

While his antics created distractions at times, Mayfield had an awesome statistical season that saw him complete 70.5 percent of his passes for 4,627 yards, 43 touchdowns and six interceptions.

On top of that, Mayfield turned in a strong performance at the NFL Scouting Combine, as seen in this video courtesy of the Cleveland Browns:

Cleveland owns the No. 1 overall selection and is in need of a franchise quarterback, and Mayfield will likely be under consideration for that pick. The Browns will also select fourth overall, barring trades.

In his most recent mock draft, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller predicted the Arizona Cardinals would select Mayfield with the No. 15 overall pick.

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