Jones finished with a 17-19 record at Duke before the Giants made him the No. 6 overall pick.
Mayfield wasn’t the consensus No. 1 overall quarterback prospect before the 2018 draft despite going 34-6 at Oklahoma. But he was at the top of the Browns’ draft chart as they selected him No. 1 overall and watched him lead the franchise to a 7-8-1 record after going 0-16 the previous season.
“Either you have a history of winning and being that guy for your team or you don’t,” he told GQ.
Mayfield covered several other topics in the interview, including when he planted the Oklahoma flag at midfield in Ohio Stadium after the Sooners defeated Ohio State in 2017. Mayfield said that the “higher-ups” at OU asking him to apologize for it was “just jaw-dropping” to him.
“Actually we won. That’s what we’re about. I had done so much and worked so hard to play for that school, I was just kinda … almost embarrassed for them to tell me to apologize,” said Mayfield, who, when asked how heartfelt that apology actually was on a scale of 1 to 10, replied, “zero.”
“Which might hurt some Ohio fans’ feelings,” he added. “But I think we’re all good now.”
Mayfield wasn’t the only Browns player to criticize the Giants in a story published Tuesday.
Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who has been outspoken about the Giants since they traded him to the Browns in March, told Sports Illustrated that he believes the trade was “personal.” Beckham told the magazine that he believes the Giants had better offers from other teams but traded him to the Browns hoping to stifle his career.
“This wasn’t no business move. This was personal. They thought they’d send me here to die,” he said.
The Giants declined to comment when contacted by SI about Beckham’s remarks.