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Johnny Manziel offers advice, praises to Baker Mayfield

Aside from Manziel's cosign, Pro Football Focus ranks the reigning Heisman Trophy winner as the best quarterback in this year's crop.


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Former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, chatting on the Pardon My Take podcast (h/t Pro Football Talk/NBC Sports,) wants it to be understood that while he and likely top-5 draft pick Baker Mayfield have a kinship, the two aren't the same person.

"Me and Baker, I feel like have a really cool friendship, and I feel like hes handling [the comparisons] the exact right way," said the former Texas A&M great.

Hes like, Listen, and Ill say the same thing: Were completely different people. We have a similar background. Were both from Texas. We both played Texas high school football, but hes not me, and Im not him. The way my wires are in my head and the way that Im built and my makeup is completely different than Baker.

Comparisons have arisen in regards to relative size, as Mayfield - like Manziel - doesn't fit the desirable physical profile of current quarterback prototypes, like say, Wyoming's Josh Allen. However, the reigning Heisman winner has shown the ability to make the accurate intermediate and deep throws Manziel couldn't make out of college. 

Then, there's Mayfield's on and off-field issues that general managers will be sure to investigate thoroughly. However, Manziel, in the midst of a comeback, has belief in his friend and his future. 

I have all the faith in the world in him. I think hes going to be a really good player, and if anything, people can compare him to me, but he can learn from what I did wrong," says Manziel. "He can try and take something that I did and make it a positive for him."

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