Teammates on Baker Mayfield: 'I loved playing with him'

From ESPN - April 16, 2018

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Baker Mayfield most people know is the Baker Mayfield people see.

Theyve seen him grab his crotch and wag fingers in defenders' faces. Theyve seen him throw his body around with reckless abandon.

But what about the Mayfield only a few know?

Who is the former Oklahoma quarterback who could be a top-10 pick in two weeks?

They dont understand how passionate he plays the game, said former Sooners fullback Dimitri Flowers, a teammate of Mayfield's for four years. What you see in some of the actions he does on the field, its raw emotion. And thats why I loved playing with him, because he puts it all on the line. Its just pure passion. None of its fake.

For the Arizona Cardinals, who have the No. 15 pick in the upcoming draft, debate swirls around whether theyll select a quarterback there or deal up to pick one. Mayfield could end up being available around No. 5 or later, an area the Cardinals could trade into.

Should the Cardinals land Mayfield, theyll be getting a quarterback whom teammates publicly laud as one of the best theyve ever had.

Theres two people that come to mind as the best teammates I have ever had. One is Joe Mixon, and the second is Baker Mayfield, former Sooners tight end Mark Andrews said. [Mayfield] is one of my best friends, but an incredible teammate. Someone that youll run through a brick wall for, and there arent many people like that. Hes family. He loves to compete, and he loves football. You cant ask for anything else in a teammate. Incredible guy.

The public's perception of Mayfield is different from the one inside Oklahomas locker room, said Sooners offensive lineman Orlando Brown, who is also considered a likely first-round pick.

Brown said he never experienced anything wrong or anything bad with Mayfield.

The perception of Mayfield clouds the publics understanding of him, Brown said.


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