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Baker Mayfield wants the spotlight, big moments of New York

Giants Wire logo Giants Wire 2/17/2018 Dan Benton
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Quarterback Baker Mayfield knows the New York Giants have the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, and while most have them going with either UCLA's Josh Rosen or USC's Sam Darnold, the former Oklahoma Sooner believes he's ready to make it in the Big Apple should his name be called.

"I think I thrive under the spotlight, I live for a big moment. Honestly, it doesn't get much bigger than being in New York. It's a big stage, it's a lot of criticism and a lot of expectations, but I love having high expectations. I'm the type of guy, I rise to the occasion, so setting the bar high for me has always been the fundamental thing, setting my expectations at the highest point and so I think it goes hand-in-hand with being in New York," Mayfield told the New York Post.

"Broadway Baker. I don't think I'll ever be on Broadway. But if it means I'm in New York, I think I'll be happy."

Mayfield has previously expressed a desire for landing in New York, saying it would be an "ideal situation" to be drafted by the Giants.

"Throwing the ball to Engram, Shep and Odell wouldn't be too bad," Mayfield told reporters in early February. "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 seems like the odd man out over the first two picks of the draft, but with the NFL Combine will to come, that's subject to change. He could perform well enough and interview well enough to position himself for exactly what he wants: a career under the bright lights in New York.


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