Sitting behind Eli Manning wouldn't bother Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield. In fact, it would be "an ideal situation."
While soaking in the Super Bowl festivities in Minnesota, Mayfield spoke briefly on playing for the Giants, and simply put, he would love to throw to the young receivers they have now.
"Throwing the ball to Engram, Shep and Odell wouldn't be too bad," Mayfield told Newsday's Tom Rock. "Those are some studs right there. Being there, that's a big-time franchise. The spotlight, I think I thrive on that. I think that would be an ideal situation."
Mayfield's spotlight wouldn't burn so bright right away if he landed with Big Blue. The Giants have repeatedly said Manning will be their guy in 2018. Though the Heisman Trophy winner wants to compete right away to kick off his career, he wouldn't mind learning from the veteran Manning with the intent to take over his role one day.
"Absolutely," Mayfield said about sitting on the bench. "I'm ready to go in and compete. I'm not going to wait lightly, but obviously sitting behind Eli would be a great situation."
Mayfield is projected to go in the first round in April, but how high depends on what teams make of his off-the-field issues. Also, his on-field behavior has generated skeptics following incidents like spiking the Oklahoma flag into Ohio State's logo after a win, and grabbing his crotch during a game at Kansas.
But Mayfield is ready to answer those questions as he wants to prove to teams he won't be like another Heisman winner that loved the spotlight coming out of college.
"A lot of the stuff is off the field and whether I'm going to be the next Johnny Manziel," Mayfield said. "That's the biggest question I've already had to address a lot, whether I'm going to grow up and whether I'm going to handle things that come my way the right way, or if I'm not. For me It's just being honest and showing them I love the game. There's a lot of passion to it, and there are mistakes that I've had, but I've learned from them. I'm going to move forward and prove that."
Teams have asked that question directly to Mayfield.
"A few people do," he said. "They ask what I'm doing here [on film] or what was I thinking, yeah. It comes with the territory. He was a great player, but we're not the same off the field though."
The Giants were supposed to meet with Mayfield in Mobile, AL for the Senior Bowl. But complications with his mother's illness forced him to miss their meeting together. He did, however, meet with the Jets.
"It went well," he said of the meeting. "I thought it did. It was good to be around those guys."