He was brash, bold, and uncensored. He made it clear he knows how good he is, and he won't back down from anyone or anything. He was exactly what New Yorkers think they love in their sports heroes. Think Noah Syndergaard with his inside fastball, Reggie Jackson with bat and mouth, or Mark Messier with his guarantee.
And when Baker Mayfield was done telling the world that he was the right man to turn around the woeful Cleveland Browns, and that he had no intention of playing second fiddle to any other quarterback (even Eli Manning), it was suggested to an NFL scout that New York would love him.
"Yeah," the scout said. "If it doesn't eat him alive first."
And that is the puzzle and problem of Mayfield, the Oklahoma quarterback that is perhaps the most polarizing of the quarterbacks at the top of the draft. He could be exactly what a team like the Jets needs - an instant infusion of talent, energy and cockiness at the most important position. He'd be a smash hit if he was successful.
And a total disaster if he's not.
"I can handle the spotlight," Mayfield insisted. "I think I'll be just fine. I think under pressure is something I thrive on, but I don't think I'd treat it any differently. First thing's first: You've got to win. It doesn't matter where you are. The most important thing's winning."
Well, that's definitely true - particularly in New York. Just ask Rex Ryan, who was a media darling and comedic genius when he was leading the Jets to back-to-back AFC championship games, and a punchline and punching bag when the losing started. Or ask Odell Beckham Jr., who gets a free pass from a lot of fans when he's the best thing about the Giants' offense, but not so much when he's no-show in the playoffs, or when the team is a mess and finishes 3-13.
And that's Mayfield, who, by the way, insisted "I don't think I'm cocky. It's not cocky. It's just confident." Whatever it is, if he backs up his talk and his actions, he'll be a star. If his talent doesn't match his mouth - well, maybe he'd survive that in Cleveland, Denver or Miami, but definitely not in New York.
That's not a small issue either - at least not to people around the NFL. For the most part, teams prefer their quarterbacks to be model, problem-free team spokesmen, the quieter and less controversial, the better. They want them all to be Mannings in the locker room, and in their public demeanor.
Mayfield most definitely is not that.
For starters, there was his arrest last February for public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Then, there was the game in September where he defiantly planted the Sooners flag at midfield after a big win over Ohio State. And then in November, when Kansas players refused to take part in a postgame handshake, Mayfield responded with a televised grab of his crotch.
All of those were big deals around the NFL because none of that is considered franchise quarterback behavior. And all of those are sure to come up in every interview Mayfield has with NFL teams this week. Mayfield vowed to "tell them the true story" of every incident. He also vowed that he understands that scouts want to know "about me drawing the line and being professional."
"If I want to be a franchise guy, there are certain things I can't do," he said. "But I'm still going to be competitive and passionate. That's what has gotten me to this point and I talk about it. And I'm upfront about it."
Competitive and passionate are fine, though. It's where the line is drawn that becomes the problem - even moreso in New York with multiple 24-hour sportstalk radio stations, a tabloid newspaper war, several regional sports networks, and the Post's Page Six. This is more of a problem for the Jets than the Giants, though. The Giants seem unlikely to pick Mayfield at No. 2 given the concerns about his height (6-foot-1), and his erratic behavior.
It certainly didn't help his cause when he made it clear on Friday that he has no intention of dutifully spending a year or two sitting behind Eli Manning, so he can watch and learn.
"First thing's first: Whatever team I go to, I'm not going to settle for a backup job," he said. "I've never been like that. I never will. I'm going to push that person in front of me. When it comes down to it, the best man's going to win and I know that. But everybody has a role on the team. If you're not improving and pushing the guys around you to get better then you're not doing it right."
The Jets, though, don't have that issue, and they may have a choice to make on Mayfield when it's their turn to pick at No. 6. If they're unable to sign quarterback Kirk Cousins in free agency, then their Plan B or C involves finding a quarterback in the draft. In that case, they'd likely resign 39-year-old Josh McCown to be a mentor and placeholder, so even if Mayfield had to sit behind him at the outset, his time on the sidelines wouldn't be long.
But according to one team source, they do have concerns about how Mayfield would handle the New York spotlight, and how the city would treat him. They learned hard lessons about having an electric and controversial personality in a power position during the Ryan Era.
At this early stage of their total franchise overhaul, it's not clear if they're willing to endure that again.
Remember, though, everyone loved Ryan at the start. His bold quotes, his tough talk, his jokes, they were all a welcome change for an organization that needed an attitude transplant. It was just a lot less charming and welcome, though, when they never got about .500 in his final four seasons, bottoming out at 4-12.
Maybe it could work for Mayfield, though. Maybe he could do for the Jets what he promised to do for the Browns ("I think if anyone is going to turn that franchise around, it's going to be me," he said). Maybe a cocky - or confident - franchise quarterback is exactly what the Jets need.
They'll just have to decide if his rocket-like potential is worth the crater he could potentially leave.