Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield says he keeps track of criticism from the media and uses it as motivation leading up to the 2018 NFL draft.
According to Robert Klemko of The MMQB, Mayfield told Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson during filming for ESPN's QB2QB that he keeps a list of media members who he believes have "crossed a line" with their critiques:
"It really doesn't bother me that much because I know the people that say some of these things have never actually taken a snap behind center, never had a 300-pound lineman about to hit them while they have to read the defense downfield.
"If I was worried too much about it, I'd be worried about the wrong things. But I do use some of it as motivation. I can listen to all the people patting me on the back, or I can listen to the people saying I need to get better. I know I need to get better, or else there would be nobody saying that."
The 22-year-old Texas native has competed with Sam Darnold (USC), Josh Rosen (UCLA), Lamar Jackson (Louisville), Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State) and Josh Allen (Wyoming) during the draft process as part of a loaded quarterback class.
He should come off the board in Round 1 when the draft takes place starting April 26 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. He could even land inside the top five if teams move up in search of their signal-callers of the future.