2018 NFL Draft: Is Baker Mayfield the next Johnny Manziel?

Baker Mayfield isn’t Johnny Manziel, and that comparison seems unfounded to him. (Getty Images)

The Dolphins should have a chance at one of the top quarterbacks in this year’s draft if they want one, and adding one behind Ryan Tannehill makes sense this year.

The big question for Mike Tannenbaum, Adam Gase and Chris Grier is whether they believe strongly enough in the quarterbacks sitting there to use the precious asset of the No. 11 pick on one of them. One prospect who appears to be on their radar, Baker Mayfield, raises some concern when it comes to personality.

That seems to remind people of former draft bust Johnny Manziel, who won the Heisman Trophy, went No. 22 to the Browns and was an instant debacle because of alcohol, drugs and off-field lifestyle.

“I think he’s going to be a really good player, and if anything, people can compare him to me, but he can learn from what I did wrong,” Manziel said this week on a Barstool Sports podcast. “He can try and take something that I did and make it a positive for him.”

Does Mayfield really need to learn from Manziel? The biggest issues Mayfield’s had were a misdemeanor arrest in college and some flamboyant antics during games. When asked about the Manziel comparisons at last month’s Senior Bowl, Mayfield seemed irritated by the connection.

“Everybody wants to portray me as the bad boy and the Johnny Manziel stuff, but no, I love the game of football,” Mayfield said. “There’s no doubt about that. I’m an emotional player. I’ll do everything it takes to win.

“I love being around my teammates and I love leading and having responsibility… I came down here to play the game and show them that I love playing it.”

Mayfield added that he saw no problem with ending up with a team like the Dolphins, situated near so many temptations and nightlife options.

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