John Elway impressed with Baker Mayfield, knows tough decisions loom at receiver


Mayfield, because of things that happened to him on and off the field during his career, has drawn plenty of criticism, even as he was accepting huge metal trophies for his on-field success. Neither of them won or were finalists for the Heisman Trophy. Wallace is a little thin at only 185 pounds, but he has the size and length to be an outside corner in the NFL. And, they both like to show emotion on the field and flaunt some of their fun off the field.

The first 24 hours of the Senior Bowl it felt like everyone was waiting for Baker Mayfield to show up. Under different circumstances, he would be all in and anxious to showcase what he can do by actively participating in the Senior Bowl, and not just because he wants to improve his NFL draft stock but because he truly loves the game of football.

The top-rated of those players is Carlson, who said prior to the Peach Bowl that he plans to do the bulk of his training in Auburn but will take time to work with kicking gurus such as Jamie Kohl in order to clean up some of his technique before the draft. We love having the Senior Bowl in town.

"I'm not sure what the book is (on Allen)", Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said to a media throng following practice. The reason? He was late because he had flown home because his mother had been hospitalized. Mayfield's late arrival (family emergency) was treated like the Beatles' first trip to NY, with screaming throngs of fans - and a big section of NFL Draft media - proclaiming the coronation of the would-be king. I would never put myself above my mom.

Many will stay through practices this week, some through the game on Saturday. Oklahoma listed the quarterback at 6-foot-1, but he appears shorter, which could hurt him in the eyes of some scouts. It wasn't about delaying measuring. It wasn't about measuring, I measure (Wednesday) if it's that big of a deal.

"Everybody wants to portray the bad boy, the Johnny Manziel stuff", Mayfield said. If the Broncos are going to spend money in free agency or use their first-round pick on a quarterback, they will need to add talent to the offensive line to maximize the capital spent on the newly acquired quarterback. During his Heisman-winning 2017, Mayfield passed for 4,627 yards, 43 touchdowns compared to just six interceptions, completed 70.5 percent of his passes and ran for another 311 yards and five touchdowns.

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"Football's everything", he said. "It's led me to be a better man". It's challenged me. It's made me face adversity and learn what I'm all about.

"If I'm fortunate enough to become a Cleveland Brown, you can expect everything from me", Allen said Monday while appearing on 92.3 The Fan, via Daryl Ruiter of 92.3 The Fan (h/t CBS Cleveland). "And we'll come out tomorrow and clean things up". The best chance these players have to show they are a National Football League ready is during one on one drills.

"He's had a good couple of days", Elway said of Mayfield.

Mayfield arrived at practice on Tuesday and was greeted by seemingly everyone as he walked onto the field, and Broncos coaches were thrilled to get a chance to meet him.

"Training is what it is", he said.