Nick Wright reveals his concerns regarding the Baker Mayfield-Johnny Manziel comparisons

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Looking ahead to the 2018 NFL combine, Nick Wright explains to Cris Carter why the comparisons between Baker Mayfield and Johnny Manziel is not fair, but there are concerns off and on the field.

- Listen, of course it's not fair. But so much of what happens throughout the draft is not fair. Questioning a guy's dedication to his sport because he might also enjoy cooking classes is not fair. Questioning guys' IQ or their intellectual ability because of how they do or don't do on the Wonderlic test is not necessarily fair. There's a lot of stuff about the draft that is not fair. What I do understand is people trying to draw some comparison, or draw something about, OK, who was Baker off the football field? Because there are legitimate reasons to say, OK, these are actual red flags.

Much like-- Johnny only got in trouble with the law once in college. Now we found out Johnny's dad was worried that he had a drinking problem in college. That obviously proved out to be true. Johnny also, as CeCe mentioned, had the bipolar disorder that he was trying to manage and unfortunately was not able to be successful in managing that. But if a GM says, OK, if a guy is going to be my quarterback, and he makes a mistake and runs from the cops and gets arrested, I do need him to be on his best behavior moving forward, because you have used your one free pass.

And the crotch grabbing and the flag planting, while it doesn't really bother me, that is the type of behavior that tends to bother NFL scouts and GMs, especially when you know, or should know, you are already on notice. But if you can get past those things on the field, I don't think the Baker Johnny comparisons work at all. I think the quarterback that's going to be a draft pick this year that plays most like Manziel is actually Lamar Jackson.

Now Lamar has none of the field stuff. But a guy that can run, that can throw. Baker can run, but was not a dynamic like, oh my God, running threat the way Manziel was. Baker's set in consecutive seasons the passing efficiency all time record in college football. He had, what was it, three top five Heisman finishes. Like, he was an extraordinary player on the field.

And so I do understand the off the field concerns with Baker. Whether they're fair or not, I get why they're there, because we've seen them for other people. On the field, the only concern I'd have is his height. His height and the fact that he played in the Big 12 and that system, and there's not a lot of quarterbacks that have come out of that system, come out of that university, come out of that conference for that matter, and had successful professional careers.