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Rotoworld's Josh Norris sees Baylor DT Andrew Billings as one of the best players still available for Day 2.

"I expect Billings to play multiple gaps and alignments, similar to Star Lotulelei early on with the Panthers," Norris wrote. "Billings can will at the line of scrimmage and also behind it. He is nimble for a big man with athleticism to gain initial ground and power to press his opponent backwards." The Baylor wrecking ball has drawn comparisons to Aaron Donald. NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah is particularly enthused by his strength, saying on the Move the Sticks podcast that he "can stack single blocks in his sleep and push the pocket as a pass rusher."
Apr 29 - 12:18 PM

Browns selected Baylor WR Corey Coleman with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Coleman (5'11/194) earned the 2015 Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top wideout, finishing his three-year career with a 173-3,009-33 receiving line and averaging 17.4 yards per catch. He blazed 4.40 at Baylor's Pro Day after posting a 40 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-9 broad jump at the Combine. There is some Odell Beckham to Coleman's game with the abilities to outrun coverage, outplay everyone else on the field, and pile up yards after catch with both strength and elusiveness. Coleman's drawbacks are his size and 17 drops the past two seasons. Either way, this is a dynamic playmaker with a high ceiling.
Apr 28 - 10:00 PM

Minnesota Vikings GM Rick Spielman indicated that the team is not necessarily going to draft a receiver in the first round.

Take that, conventional wisdom! The Vikings have long been believed to be a likely home for Day 1 receiving help. Spielman wouldn't exactly stick to that wisdom, saying, "We're not honed in on a receiver in the first round." He went on to speak in vague depth about this receiver class. "There's fast guys, there's possession guys. There's a lot of different flavors. We know after sitting and going through that position in particular, what guys we identify that we think would be a good fit here." Essentially, this all should be read as Spielman keeping his options open. Wide receiver is still a real possibility for the Vikes at pick No. 23.
Apr 26 - 10:29 PM

Browns head of football operations Sashi Brown says Cleveland has identified the player it wants at No. 8.

"We’re set, locked in, know who we’ll be taking," Brown said. "And if that player’s not there or if we get another offer that just blows our socks off, we’ll know how to react to that." With so many holes, it's impossible to predict who the Browns have zeroed in on. HC Hue Jackson reportedly wants Paxton Lynch, while the front office may prefer to take a T Ronnie Stanley or LB Myles Jack if they fall. The Browns also like WR Corey Coleman, one of the few prospects they both hosted for a visit and conducted a private workout for.
Source: Ohio.com
Apr 26 - 1:15 PM

Baylor WR Corey Coleman "may take some managing off the field," according to the MMQB's Peter King.

King connected Coleman to the Bengals, stating the club has never strayed away from adding players who might be "a bit of a handful." This is the first time we have read or heard of Coleman described in this way. Baylor coach Art Briles once described Coleman's competitiveness as "he'll pull your heart out and watch it stop beating." Coleman also battled through a sports hernia during the final stretch of his final season. As you can tell, we love Coleman and his fit with the Bengals would be a great one.
Source: The MMQB
Apr 26 - 8:43 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein wrote that Baylor WR Corey Coleman will have to "become much better with his route running once he's matched up against NFL-caliber athletes."

"Coleman will either be a double-digit touchdown maker or just another footnote with "benefited from college scheme" next to his name in five years," Zierlein believes. We have heard the drumming of this criticism of the dynamic wideout throughout the process. The 5-foot-11, 194-pounder has heard that drumming, too. He is, predictably, not a fan. "If you’re a receiver and you don’t know how to run routes at this level, I don’t know what to tell you," Coleman said in March. "I think I proved to them that I can run NFL routes."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 25 - 9:17 PM

Baylor TE Rico Gathers' personal Pro Day on Monday was attended by representatives of 24 NFL teams.

Most everybody else in the draft universe took part in March Pro Days, but Gathers -- who is hoping to land in the NFL after a collegiate basketball career -- is a slightly different case. He took part in athletic testing at the Saints facility on Monday. Per NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport, the 6-foot-6, 273-pounde ran the 40-yard dash in the neighborhood of 4.75 to 4.85 seconds and notched a short shuttle of 4.56 seconds and a broad jump of 9-foot-7. Gathers' trainer, Mack Chulli, said of his pupil, "I think he has the ability to be a star player just because of his size and his skill set. He's a freak with how big he is and how much muscle he carries."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 25 - 8:38 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes that there might just be two receivers selected in the first round.

"Laquon Treadwell, Josh Doctson, Corey Coleman and Will Fuller all have holes in their games and that could be enough (along with the aforementioned position runs) to push two of those wide receivers out of the first," Zierlein wrote. In terms of those "aforementioned position runs," he is referring to potential Day 1 runs on quarterbacks and defensive linemen. If Zierlein's prediction proves accurate, Fuller is the most likely to be a second-rounder. We have seen the trio of Treadwell, Coleman and Doctson mocked into the first round in a slew of exercises to this point. Which of those three could join Fuller in a fall into the second round would depend on team needs. We still think the most likely outcome is that all three in that trio are drafted in the first round.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 23 - 6:33 PM

Baylor TE Rico Gathers worked out for the Cowboys on Wednesday.

Gathers (6-foot-8, 275 pounds) is the newest collegiate basketball player attempting to make an on-the-fly transition to an NFL roster spot, following the likes of Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham. Gathers will hold his Pro Day at the Saints' practice facility on Wednesday, the day before the draft begins.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 22 - 7:08 PM

Baylor TE Rico Gathers said he's "been thinking about transitioning into football since after my sophomore year."

The former Baylor power forward said he considered taking Art Briles up on his offer to return to Baylor as a football player for a season. In the end, though, he wanted to move on from college. Gathers, who hasn’t played competitive football since he was on a middle school, is hoping to become the next Antonio Gates. "I’ve studied as much film of Antonio Gates, Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski and Tony Gonzalez as I can," he said. Former Browns general manager Phil Savage said scouts have been looking for overarching, translatable skills when checking in on Gathers' workouts: "When you’re talking about a guy who hasn’t played at all, you’re looking for the hand-eye coordination, and the actual ball skills." Said Gathers: "We talk about Gates, Graham, Gronkowski and Gonzalez. And now, Rico Gathers."
Apr 22 - 3:57 PM

An anonymous NFL scout compared Baylor WR Corey Coleman to Anquan Boldin.

"He's very thick and strong and short," the scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Explosive run after the catch guy. He's like Anquan Boldin." Coleman, who had 173 receptions for 3,009 (17.4) and 33 scores at Baylor, is sometimes criticized for drops. "He doesn't have great hands but he has solid hands," said another scout. "Part of his (catching) issue is they went through four quarterbacks this year at Baylor." Coleman tested off the charts athletically this offseason. "He is a slot but he could play outside," said a third scout. "He's a No. 2. His play speed is good and he's athletic. Baylor guys have a lot to learn because of the way they play. On their backside, they don't even come off the line and you don't really block." ESPN's Steve Muench compares Coleman to Antonio Brown.
Apr 22 - 1:41 PM

An NFC executive told NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein that Baylor edge rusher Shawn Oakman is "undraftable now."

That sounds about right. Oakman was viewed as a potential mid-round selection during the season. He underwhelmed on the field and during his athletic testing at the NFL Scouting Combine. Analysts raked him over the coals for that in early March, but it was his arrest on a sexual assault charge last week that in all probability will drive the stake through his draft hopes.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 19 - 5:49 PM

ESPN's Steve Muench compared Baylor WR Corey Coleman to Antonio Brown.

"At 5-foot-10, 194 pounds, Coleman has a similar build to Brown. Like Brown, he's a big-play threat with the burst to take the top off the coverage and threaten after the catch," Muench wrote, "plus his 40-time matches up with his playing speed, as he ran a 4.38 40 at his [P]ro [D]ay." The 5-foot-11, 194-pound offensive dynamo has come under fire for supposed deficiencies in route-running (Coleman has more or less called that criticism rubbish). While Muench acknowledges these concerns, he concluded, "If Coleman develops as a route runner and becomes more of a consistent pass-catcher, this comparison [to Brown] won't seem as aggressive as it might now." One thing is for certain: Coleman will be drafted much, much higher than Brown was back in 2010. The Steelers were able to scoop him up in the sixth round, while Coleman figures to be selected somewhere in the back half of the first round next week.
Apr 19 - 3:23 PM

Baylor edge rusher Shaw Oakman was arrested on a sexual assault charge.

Early Sunday morning, Oakman allegedly forced a female Baylor student onto his bed, removed her clothes and sexually assaulted her. Oakman said the act was consensual. It's been quite a fall from grace for Oakman. Once a no-doubt first-round prospect, he fell into late Day 2 or even early Day 3 territory after a ho-hum senior year. An arrest of this magnitude this close to the draft in conjunction with his past issues at Penn State and his recent lethargic play on the field in all likelihood will knock him out of the draft altogether. What a waste.
Apr 13 - 5:33 PM
Jay Lee - WR - Bears

The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson reports that Baylor WR Jay Lee will visit the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Seattle Seahawks.

Lee also has private workouts scheduled for the New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks, Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions. This won't be the first time he's auditioned for the Seahawks (it won't be the second either) or the Lions. Last month, Lee met with the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Apr 12 - 7:39 PM


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