2018 Senior Bowl: Off-field image big for possible Dolphins target Baker Mayfield

Baker Mayfield presents an interesting decision for the Dolphins. (Getty Images)

MOBILE, Ala.—The two big-time quarterbacks at this year’s Senior Bowl, Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield, are looking to vault themselves into the top 10 picks of the draft. Allen’s task is to prove he can play above the small-school level, but Mayfield’s mission is more multi-pronged.

After 119 touchdown passes at Oklahoma, there isn’t much doubt about his ability. The bigger question is whether he’s got a sturdy enough personality to lead an NFL team.

“We all have a perception of what he’s like through the media,” Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage said at the event’s opening press conference tonight. “Now he gets a chance to address and tackle who he is as a person, what he’s about and how he’ll fit in a locker room.”

Mayfield is expected to arrive Tuesday morning in time for the North team’s practice. His trip to Mobile was delayed due to a family situation in Texas.

He’s projected as a first-round pick and very likely will be available when the Dolphins come up at No. 11 overall. General manager Chris Grier, who will be in attendance for practices this week, said the team is open to taking a quarterback.

He will be the first Heisman Trophy winner to play in the Senior Bowl since Tim Tebow in 2010. Mayfield captured the award after putting up 43 touchdowns against six interceptions and averaging 330.5 yards per game last season.

As impressive as he was with the Sooners, he’s drawn comparisons to Johnny Manziel for all the wrong reasons. His bombastic demeanor is a small matter, but it feeds a concern that he’s not serious enough for professional football. More significantly, he was arrested a year ago on charges of public intoxication and fleeing the police, among others.

This will be his first time working out in front of NFL teams and sitting down with their representatives. Savage said the Broncos, who are coaching the North team, are among the teams that have asked for extra evaluation time with him this year.

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