Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield keeps notes on media members who are criticial of him, which former Jet and current SNY Jet Stream podcast co-host Willie Colon thinks is a bad sign.
"I saw it as a red flag," Colon said on Tuesday. "I did see it as a problem. This is a city that is notoriously known for its media. The New York media is unapologetic. Our beat writers make their name for being leaderless -- they're not rooting for you."
"Half the time, you have to earn it," Colon said about the respect of the media in New York. "And I think if you're Baker Mayfield, and you're already doing that without a team. Let's say you do get drafted by the Jets, there's three or four beat writers that will -- I promise you -- will say bad things about you and critique your game and who you are as a person. And may sometimes go over the line. And you're at the end of the locker like 'oh, I just checked twitter. Let me check this guy's name off.' That means you're focused on the wrong things. You should only be worried about being the best you can be for your team and winning football games."
Mayfield, who SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has going to the Jets with the No. 3 pick in his Mini Mock Draft 2.0, has impressed Jets head coach Todd Bowles, who doesn't seem concerned by his at times outsized personality.
"You see it on the field," Bowles recently told the NY Post about Mayfield's attributes. "There's not too much you're going to get out of him at the combine in 15 minutes. You've got to ask all type of football questions. We'll do our due diligence going forward. You see the player and you see the play and you know the guy can play football, and he's a competitor."
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The Jets have already met with Mayfield on multiple occasons -- including at the Senior Bowl and Scouting Combine -- and the team held a private workout with him.
Mayfield has been embroiled in controversy in the past, including a time when he placed Oklahoma's flag in the middle of the field after defeating Ohio State. But Bowles said he has "seen worse than that."
"It's college football," Bowles said. "He's an emotional guy. I've seen [Terrell Owens] do a lot of things.
"Players get excited when they play. That's kind of the way they are."
The 22-year-old Mayfield threw 119 touchdowns in three seasons with Oklahoma and capped it off by throwing 43 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2017 when he started a career-high 14 games.