(WVUE) - His arrival at the Senior Bowl came a bit late but quarterback Baker Mayfield insists his tardiness to Mobile was all family and nothing more than a "Family matter."
"Mom not doing too great so family first, always. No matter what the situation is. I would never put myself above my mom. It wasn't about measuring, I'll measure tomorrow if that's a big deal. I don't care. Like I said, family first."
Mayfield is on the North squad and spent his first practice throwing passes out of the shotgun but also getting extra reps taking snaps under center.
"Good first day. Good to put the pads back on and sling the ball around. Training is what it is, working hard to test well but this is what I was meant to do; throw a ball and be out here, be around the guys and lead. Good first day, look to get better tomorrow and through the week."
It's a week that the Heisman trophy winner hopes will give teams a close-up look at who he is on the field and perhaps more importantly who he isn't, off of it.
"Everybody wants to portray the bad boy, the Johnny Manziel stuff, but no, I love the game of football. There's no doubt about that. Emotional player and will do anything it takes to win. I love being around my teammates and I love leading and having the responsibility."
From his size at around 6 feet tall to his hometown of Austin, Texas, the comparisons between Mayfield and Drew Brees are striking but if the Saints want Mayfield to be the successor to Brees, they'll most likely have to move into the top half of the first round.