Bob Stoops coached Baker Mayfield during the start of his Oklahoma career, before he hung up his clipboard ahead of last season. Stoops is also famously an Ohio native. Last night, Stoops attended Baker Mayfield's draft party.
Ahead of the NFL Draft, reports started to leak that the Browns would go with Mayfield, ahead of Sam Darnold and Josh Allen. The other two quarterbacks were considered the favorites to go No. 1 through much of the process. However, Mayfield had that special something that sold the Browns during his visit.
“I feel like he’s a Pied Piper of Oklahoma football,” said Jackson. “When he walked into the building, he made this sound -- kind of went ‘Hee Hee’ -- and all the players in the building started going ‘Hee Hee’ and here we go. Most unbelievable thing I’ve ever seen. That shows you something about what he means to young men and how he leads them.”
If anyone is aware of the impact that Mayfield has on the Oklahoma program—"Hee Hee" aside—it is Bob Stoops. It makes sense that the former coach would be around to support his final OU quarterback.
Bob Stoops attended Baker Mayfield's draft party last night, and shared his thoughts on his fit with the Browns afterward.
Stoops, a Youngstown native, is pretty pumped about Mayfield heading up to his home state. Via Oklahoma football:
Mayfield just finished one of the best college football seasons of all time. However, he faces an uphill battle in Cleveland.
First, Browns fans have reason to not like Mayfield from his college career. Many are also Ohio State fans, and the quarterback famously planted an Oklahoma flag at Ohio Stadium after beating the Buckeyes in September.
He also draws plenty of (somewhat lazy) comparisons to Johnny Manziel, one of the many Browns QB flame-outs. The players definitely share some similarities, but they are hardly the same guy.
Still, Mayfield will have ample opportunities to win over the fan base. Things can't get much worse in Cleveland.