Former Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel realizes fellow Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield has widely been labeled as Johnny Football 2.0. If certain NFL teams buy into the comparison, it could harm Mayfield’s stock heading into the April 26 NFL Draft because Manziel partied his way out of the league during his two seasons with the Browns. But during an interview on Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take podcast, which was released Monday, Manziel said there are major differences between him and Mayfield, who starred at the University of Oklahoma and is among the quarterback prospects the Browns, armed with the first and fourth overall picks, are thoroughly studying. Manziel, a 2014 first-round pick (No. 22 overall), also revealed in an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America, which aired Monday, that he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder last summer and is taking medication for it. “Me and Baker, I feel like have a really cool friendship, and I feel like he’s handling [the comparisons] the exact right way,” Manziel said on Pardon My Take. “He’s like, ‘Listen,’ and I’ll say the same thing: We’re completely different people. We have a similar background. We’re both from Texas. We both played Texas high school football, but he’s not me, and I’m not him. The way my wires are in my head and the way that I’m built and my makeup is completely different than Baker.” There are questions about Mayfield’s character and maturity because he was arrested Feb. 25 and charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and fleeing. He also raised eyebrows by planting a flag on the field after a victory at Ohio State and grabbing his crotch while directing expletives toward his opponents from the sideline at Kansas.
Manziel on Baker Mayfield comparisons: ‘We’re completely different people’ and ‘he can learn from what I did wrong’
Akron Beacon Journal | Feb 13