Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield will be eligible to participate in this year’s NFL scouting combine despite being arrested in February, a league spokesman said Wednesday.
Since 2016, per NFL policy, some players who had off-field legal issues have not been invited to participate. Such was the case for running back Joe Mixon, Mayfield’s former teammate, last year. Mixon was still selected in the second round of the draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Mayfield was arrested Feb. 25 in Fayetteville, Ark. He was charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Mayfield reached a plea deal in June and paid fines for several of the charges.
Because the incident did not involve violence, NFL officials seem to believe there is no reason to bar Mayfield from the event. The list of players who will be invited to Indianapolis for the combine in late February/early March has yet to be finalized.
Mayfield is expected to be a first-round pick in April’s draft. He will participate in the Senior Bowl later this month.
–Field Level Media