Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield says he intends to throw at the Scouting Combine next week in Indianapolis.
“There’s a reason I’m going there and I’m going to throw. I’m going to do everything,” Mayfield said Saturday, according to the Tulsa World. “I’m just going to show what I show on Saturdays is who I am every week, every day. Competitive. I’m going to do everything I can to prove I’m still working hard.”
Mayfield has been working out in Southern California along with other Oklahoma draft prospects to get ready for the combine but returned to Norman, Okla., on Saturday and was honored at a basketball game. Mayfield has not been back on campus since the Rose Bowl.
Mayfield said he plans to meet with the Cleveland Browns, who have the No. 1 overall pick. He already has met with a number of teams at the Senior Bowl, and the Bills are reported to have had an extensive white board session with him in Mobile.
The quarterback said the biggest thing he has learned so far about the process is to be honest when asked about some of his off-field circumstances, including a February 2017 arrest. He did acknowledge that some teams have asked him to tone down his personality.
“I learned that’s the best way to be,” Mayfield said. “Those guys (at the Senior Bowl) had a lot of questions about my character, everything like that. So when I sat down and had conversations with guys that make decisions on putting millions of dollars — they’re in control of those franchises. They have to invest in young guys and they don’t know exactly what they’re going to get. So being honest and up front with those people was the best thing for me. That’s what I learned, so I’m going to keep doing that.”
The Bills have the No. 21 and No. 22 picks in the first round of the NFL Draft but will very likely have to move up if they want to select Mayfield.