Greg Jennings thinks Johnny Manziel comparisons will be a problem for Baker Mayfield

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Greg Jennings and Willie McGinest join Colin Cowherd and Jason Whitlock to discuss whether Baker Mayfield's similarity to Johnny Manziel will hurt him in the NFL Draft.

- All right, Whitlock, will these Manziel comparisons hurt Baker Mayfield's draft-- draft stock?

- I'm not 1,000 percent sure, but I think the comparisons are fair. And if some organization, or a handful of organizations, or most organizations sit there and say, you know what, this kind of smells like Manziel, I think they're justified in doing that. And again, that's not-- I like Baker Mayfield. I don't like him at the top of the draft. I like him at the end of the first round or beginning of the second round.

But I do think the comparisons to Manziel are fair. He's on tape getting arrested. He's got an attitude on the field. He's cocky. And again, it might turn into a positive, but we've seen the blow up with-- with Manziel. And, you know, he's undersized. And he played a little bit of a gimmicky offense. I think the comparisons are fair. We'll see if that hurts his draft.

- Well I always thought Baker Mayfield's biggest problem, despite his size, is his lack of self-awareness. I just don't think smart guys are grabbing their stuff on the sidelines. The cameras are on. You're Oklahoma. It's a top five program. All your games are televised. Some people in life have great self-awareness. Johnny Manziel didn't have any, and Baker doesn't. I mean, you just can't do that. Everybody keeps pandering to him.

Well, you know, he's competitor-- that's not acceptable. I'm going to make $100 million player. That's just not acceptable. And so he is lax-- look at this again. Oh. You know, he's getting-- come on, dude. So I think the comparisons are fair. Same basic region of the country, same gimmicky offense. And if I was Baker Mayfield, I would completely distance myself from Johnny Manziel.

I wouldn't-- I might-- I'd be like, best of luck, dude. I'm my own man. But he lacks self-awareness as a player. Looks like, to me, he lacks self-awareness going into the draft.

I think the-- I think the comparisons are fair. And I think it does hurt his draft status. I clearly think it hurts when you're compared to a guy who-- forget off the field issues-- just you-- your game is very similar on the field. Like, you're a run first guy. Baker Mayfield, I get it. He's a better passer, he's more accurate, all of those things. Great. Same size, their style is extending the play, running-- running with the football.

And then you add into those antics-- you check one box and you look at maturity. Are they similar?

- Yeah.

- Check, yes. Problem right there. That's all a GM or an owner is going to look at. Can I trust this guy? When he's in position-- is he fiery? Is the passionate? Do I want that? Absolutely. But can he control that? Can he hone it in and be a mature enough leader that he has to be in an NFL locker room to where it translates into him bringing up the level of play of the guys around him, and them buying in to who we bring into our locker room and our culture?

- When you-- when you talk to his teammates, they absolutely love him. I think he's a energy-- he brings a different energy to the team. And I seen-- I seen the crotch grab and all those different things. And he has to be smarter than that. But as a college player, did I make mistakes? Did I say certain things? Certain things that I did that, probably, I'm not proud of? Yeah. Did I mature and learn from it, because was I perfect? No.

No college player at this level is that mature and that smart, and ready to just go on and be, you know, Mr. Russell Wilson in the NFL. Guys make mistakes in college. Now, what I will say is his comparisons is not what the comparisons Johnny Manziel had coming out. His comparisons is to Drew Brees, which I think is a great comparison. He is a better passer. He is a better football player. He is better from the pocket, which Johnny Manziel struggles. That's why he always got out of the pocket.

Is he athletic? That's not a problem in the NFL these days, because they can implement plays to make you a better-- your offense better in having a guy like that. What I will say is his attitude is something I would never change. Because you need that from the quarterback. You need that confidence. I wouldn't call a cocky. If I walked up and I was going to shake somebody's hand, and they didn't like me, they dropped their head, I would clap it up too.

Because you know what? I'm-- I'm about-- we're about to go to battle. And OK, that's disrespect. You didn't want to shake my hand? That's fine and dandy, but guess what? I'm going to bring it to you on the field now. You just-- you just gave me a little more motivation.

- You're a defensive player and defensive players blow stuff up. I want that from you. I don't-- it's the difference between a sales manager and a sales person. I want my sales person going out, having a couple of cocktails, schmoozing the clients. I want my sales manager going to bed at 9:00 and having kind of the acumen and kind of the personality--

- Oh. What about this? I like that [INAUDIBLE]?

- Well--

- All quarterbacks are different.

- The great ones--

- The great ones are mostly kind of buttoned up.

- I've seen your quarterback get exciting and throw the belt on him, and do his little [INAUDIBLE]--

- He plays-- he plays with the swag. I'm not saying change who you are.

- I don't have anything--

- I'm saying you're going to have to hone it in. Because quarterbacks in the NFL are held to a higher standard. We can look at it even with Cam. As much success that Cam has had, because he's so much of an emotional roller coaster, we identify him as immature. But he's been--


- --podium.

- He's been tagged.